Dec 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Should Jacob Josefson Return Next Season?

Nov 3, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New Jersey Devils forward Jacob Josefson (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob Josefson has been the center of a few articles articles on Pucks and Pitchforks like this one and this one. It is hard to say whether or not Josefson is a draft bust but quite frankly, it doesn’t look like we will find out until he is playing for another team.

Josefson has only participated in 18 games this season. 18.

He has been injured on some occasions but often finds himself scratched. He has played 109 games in 3 2/3 seasons in the NHL and has 6 goals and 17 assists. The most games he played in a season was in 2011-12 where he played in 41 regular season games and had 9 points (2 G, 7 A) and played in 6 games in New Jersey’s Stanley Cup Finals run and had 1 assist.

This season, he only has 1 assist.

Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) battles for the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

At the end of last season, Josefson had completed a 3-year, 2-way, $2.7 million entry level contract that started with the Devils drafting him 20th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. He became a restricted free agent last summer and the Devils signed him to a 1-year, 1-way, $725,000 contract. He will be a restricted free agent once again this summer.

Will the Devils send a qualifying offer to Josefson this summer? If they do, they will send $761,250 his way to return for another season. Surely, Josefson wouldn’t put up much more of a fight after that and accept either that offer or a tad more.

I do not believe that the Devils will reach out with a qualifying offer. I do not believe that Josefson should be labeled as a draft bust but if they don’t feel like playing him, why waste the roster spot? He would come cheaper than some forwards who could have less potential than him on the roster but if there is no confidence in playing him, what’s the point?

I do not want him gone just yet, but I do not see him returning.

What are your thoughts on the VIP member of the Swedish Suite? Do you think that Jacob Josefson should return next season?

Should Jacob Josefson Return Next Season?

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