Born September 22, 1987 (age 24) in Hull, Quebec, Canada
Center for the Columbus Blue Jackets
More scouting for next week, of course! Derick played in the QMJHL for the Drummondville Voltiguers and the named the league’s rookie of the year for the 2004-05 season. By 2006, he’d been highly praised by NHL Central Scouting and was chosen 6th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets; he spent one more year in juniors before he went to the Jackets’ AHL team in Syracuse. He made rookie of the month in his first month with the Crunch, and he had a great rookie season (51 points in 42 games) despite sitting out two months with a broken jaw (ouch). He was even called up to Columbus in January 2008 for 17 games before being sent back the next month.
Derick wanted to be on the Jackets roster badly, so he and a few other players spent their offseason in 2008 with the team’s training staff for conditioning. It really paid off, because he made the team right out of training camp for the 2008-09 season. He was named Rookie of the Month for October with teammate and linemate Jakub Voracek close behind. But his rookie season didn’t end on a high note: in December 2008, Derick was injured his shoulder during the Jackets’ game with the Dallas Stars when he fought fellow rookie James Neal. The injury required surgery, and he sat out the rest of the season. He did come back the next season, and while his comeback’s been slow, he had a career-high 47 points last season, and even though he has 19 points this season, he scored the game winning goal in their game against Anaheim last week. Hope my boys know to keep their eyes out for him next Saturday!