New Jersey Devils: Revisiting Preseason Bold Predictions

P.K. Subban #76 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63): (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) /

Prediction: Jesper Bratt Will Score A Point Per Game

Huh. This one is pretty close.

Jesper Bratt started off very slow as Jesper Bratt was trying to catch up after an extended quarantine forced him to miss the start of the season. A contract dispute kept him out of a very important training camp with a new head coach, and it took him a while to get acquainted with the new system.

He’s scored 14 points in 23 games, but he is having an incredibly hard time finding the back of the net save for one incredible overtime goal.

It’s clear that Bratt is a different player now. He’s someone the Devils can actually rely on to play in the top six for a long time. He’s one a 50-point pace despite the struggles. It’s not a point per game, but it’s much better than his career high, which is 35 points in his rookie season. He might surpass that number even with a shortened season and missing most of the first month of the season.

Bratt is someone who will likely spend the next two months on the left or right of Hughes, which will help them both get the most out of each other. Who knows what’s going to happen when Hischier returns, but expect this line to at least get an extended look. That’s going to lead to points for Bratt, and hopefully, it leads to more goals. Two is not nearly enough.

Conclusion: Falls Short