New Jersey Devils: 3 Surprises From The Athletic’s Player Cards

The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jonas Siegenthaler #71 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Jonas Siegenthaler is a dominant defensive force

Jonas Siegenthaler is one of the best defensive defensemen this season according to his player card. He is a star-level defenseman when only looking at his play at stopping the puck from going into the net. Siegenthaler has been really good this season, but did you realize just how good he’s been?

Siegenthaler is on pace to keep his value for the rest of the season. He’s been locked into a pairing with Damon Severson, one of the Devils players who tend to be a punching bag from the fanbase. It seems like these two are making the perfect pairing. Severson is probably considered an offensive defenseman, but compared to Ty Smith and Dougie Hamilton, he’s much closer to a two-way defenseman.

Siegenthaler seems to complete Sevenrson’s game. It’s similar to what Ryan Graves does for Hamilton. The Devils really have good chemistry with the top four on the defensive front. It’s unfortunate when one of those four is out of the lineup because it’s a clear drop off.

Siegenthaler is signed for another season at $1.2 million. That is one of the best contracts the Devils have signed in this era if he keeps playing at this level. Siegenthaler has been a catalyst in stopping pucks from getting to Mackenzie Blackwood or whoever else is in net. If it comes up, they might try to re-sign him in the offseason.