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Brassard's injury opens up rookie race

Updated: December 23, 2008, 12:09 PM ET
By John Pereira

It's certainly tough news to swallow if you are a Derick Brassard owner. The talented young center and Calder Trophy candidate will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder suffered on December 18th. The 21-year-old was injured during a fight with fellow rookie James Neal in Dallas' 6-5 shootout win over Columbus Thursday.

Brassard, who was owned in about 33 percent of ESPN leagues before the news of his shoulder injury broke, is tied for ...

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