Apr 23, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (9) skates away from Montreal Canadiens right wing Colby Armstrong (20) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob Josefson 2013-14 Preview

His Past

Jacob Josefson was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2009 Entry Level Draft 20th overall. He started playing for them during the 2010-11 season. He played 28 games for New Jersey and had 3 goals and 7 assists. He also played 18 games with the Albany Devils and had 3 goals and 9 assists. He also played 4 games for Sweden’s U-20 team and had 1 goal and 2 assists.

Feb 15, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Devils defeat he Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

During the next season, he would play 41 games with New Jersey and had 2 goals and 7 assists and also played in 6 playoff games during the Devils’ Stanley Cup Finals run and had 1 assist. He also played 4 games in Albany and had 2 goals and 1 assist.

Last season, the lockout forced him to play in 38 games in Albany where he had 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points. He did not do nearly as well in the NHL where he played in 22 games and had 1 goal and 2 assists.

Josefson just recently signed a 1-year, 1-way, $725,000 contract.

What to Expect

Josefson really needs to prove that he belongs on the ice day in and day out. Unfortunately for him, he will probably have to beat out Ryan Carter for the job and I don’t see that being likely. Despite his 1-way contract, I think he will probably see time in Albany this season to develop more.

I don’t see his status with the team in too much jeopardy simply because he still has a couple more years before he can be deemed as a failed pick. If someone gets injured at center, the Devils will need him to at least fill in as a healthy scratch until the person comes back.

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