7 New Jersey Devils Players Who Will Fight For Olympic Spots

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Jesper Bratt – Sweden

There are a few other players that will be on the cusp of rosters like Jesper Bratt will be with Team Sweden. Janne Kuokkanen will hope to make Team Finland. Marian Studenic is looking to make Slovakia (and he probably could if things go right for him). Bratt is the most intriguing because he could break out this season into a really good player, and the Swedes have a legitimate shot at gold in China.

Bratt would be looking to crack the bottom six. The top six wingers are pretty well established. Elias Pettersson (who would move from center), Elias Lindholm, Gabriel Landeskog, and William Nylander seem pretty locked in the top six. Bratt will have to compete with players like Patric Hornqvist, Andre Burakovsky, Viktor Arvidsson, and Mikael Backlund for the final spots on the roster. Bratt is a long shot right now, but if he can improve his finishing ability this season, he has a legit shot to be on this team.

Bratt was good at some things last season, but his offense just wasn’t there. He took 101 shots last season, and he only scored seven goals. The season prior he took the exact same amount of shots and scored 16 goals. So, what happened? Part of the story comes down to bad luck, but that’s not the entire story.

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While Bratt himself had the same amount of shots in 2019-20 as he had in 2021, his quality of chance was much different. His line had 168 high-danger chances in the previous season, while only hitting 129 HDCF last season. This came in about 100 fewer minutes, but the point still stands. At all strengths, Bratt’s line had 2.8 high-dangers chances per game in 2019-20. That dropped slightly to about 2.68 last season. It’s not that concerning, and his 6.8 shooting percentage shows a bounce back is more than likely. That could be enough to get him on Team Sweden.