Welcome Aboard Mr. Josefson

In the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils swapped picks with the Calgary Flames and moved up into the 20th position (this was probably an agreement amongst the two teams when the Flames contacted the Devils about pursuing Brent Sutter as their new Head Coach). With that pick they selected center Jacob Josefson of Sweden, at the time the fifth overall Swedish player drafted. Josefson is 6’0” and about 185 lbs, so not a lot of size but he plays bigger then that. He does not shy away from the puck and actually has excellent strength; therefore he is hard to knock off the puck. Scouting reports have Josefson as a great two way player similar to the Devils own John Madden. What does that mean for the unrestricted free agent Madden? It is yet to be seen. As of right now Josefson needs some time yet to be an NHL ready player, but with Madden testing the free agent waters, the Devils may be tempted to rush him a bit. Regardless of who Josefson compares to, he is a highly skilled two way hockey player. During the telecast of the draft, Pierre Mcguire made a comparison to a Henrik Zetterberg. That comparison will have to wait quite some time to see if it holds any water, but none the less, the New Jersey Devils made a solid choice trading up to grab a real “Devil” kind of player. By that, I mean someone who is willing to go into the corners, fight for the puck, and play defensively as well as offensively. He may not fit into the plans right now for the Devils, but overall in the grand scheme of things (which is how Lou Lamoriello thinks) this will prove to be a good pick for the Devils.

Jacob Josefson NHL.com Spring 2009 Interview

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