Likelihood 5 Prominent New Jersey Devils Players Could Be Traded

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Jesper Bratt
Likelihood he gets traded: basically 0%

There was a time when Jesper Bratt’s name was brought up in trade rumors thanks to Frank Seravalli with Daily Faceoff. The Devils are finally seeing the fruits of their labor with Jesper Bratt. He has 55 points in 54 games (prior to whatever happens in Vancouver on Tuesday). He’s on pace to be the first Devils player to average a point per game since Taylor Hall’s MVP season. He legitimately feels like he’s getting a point every night. He failed to score in the first five games of the season, and since then he has two total scoreless streaks more than one game (one two-game scoreless streak and one three-game scoreless streak).

He’s been incredibly consistent, and he’s about to get paid this offseason. Bratt is a restricted free agent, so it’s not like the Devils were going to lose him for nothing. However, they are going to need to open their wallets to pay for Bratt. How much is he going to make at the end of the year?

That question might spurn some to tell the Devils to sell high on Bratt, but that’s not happening. The Devils still have around $24 million in cap space next season. That could go up if they move on from some of the other players on this list.

Bratt looks like a centerpiece for this franchise. He looks like a pillar to what the Devils are trying to build. He is still just 23 years old, so he’s not even hitting his prime yet. There is still growth to be had, especially on the power play. 16 of Bratt’s 19 goals came at even strength. Imagine if Bratt was able to get more power-play goals? Either way, Bratt is a star and the Devils aren’t moving him.