New Jersey Devils: Over/Under Prediction For Every Single Player

Kyle Palmieri #21 and Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Kyle Palmieri #21 and Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils – Nathan Bastian (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Nathan Bastian: 18 Points

My Prediction: UNDER

Nathan Bastian is getting another opportunity to play with the big club. Despite not being the most skillful player, Bastian makes up for it with his good frame, grit, and strength. When Bastian last played with the Devils last season, he scored three points in seven games, all of them being goals. That is a pretty impressive run for him. Back at Binghamton, he put up decent numbers by scoring 38 points in 62 games. Bastian showed consistent improvement throughout his three seasons with Binghamton.

Bastian has earned this spot on the team and it will be interesting to see how he does with the Devils this season. To me, he will produce 15 points, lower than what some fans predicted. Despite that, Bastian can be an effective player off the puck as well. He might be able to produce more if he is linemates with Michael McLeod and vice versa. Both had great chemistry when they were linemates at Mississauga. I would like to see Ruff put these two together and see what they can do together.