New Jersey Devils End Of Season Forward Grades

New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63): Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63): Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (86): Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

Jack Hughes

GP:49 G:26 A:30 PTS:56

Pre-Season Prediction: GP:82 G:20 A:40 PTS: 60

Jack Hughes finished the season with an injury. Before that, he kept up the pace he started with and has proven to Devils fans that he is a star. His shot is incredible and he can thread the needle on his passes making him such a dangerous player. His skating and puck control continue to be next level, and he can drive the play at the NHL level now in a big way. Next season, the NHL will see what Devils fans do and Hughes will be talked about as a top ten offensive player in the league.

Rating: A+

Yegor Sharangovich

GP:76 G:24 A:22 PTS:46

Pre-Season Prediction: GP:82 G:26 A:20 PTS: 46

Yegor Sharangovich still has one of the best shots in the league. He had a good season, but it wasn’t without challenges. He was playing away from Hughes due to injury for a long time and had a slow start to the season. In the end, he met this team’s expectations. This guy needs to be next to Hughes next season and when those two get a full 82 games together it will be an easy 30-goal season for both.

Rating: B+

Dawson Mercer

GP:82 G:17 A:25 PTS:42

Pre-Season Prediction: Not Rated

Being over a half-a-point guy in your rookie season, a season you were probably expected to not play in the NHL, is quite the accomplishment for Dawson Mercer. He turned a lot of heads this year. His hot start kept him up and while he did have a much slower end of the season. He went 18 games without scoring before the final game, but he should be a happy man overall. He plays with heart and is willing to go to the hard places despite being a skilled guy and it is pretty clear that he is a top-six player which bodes well for this team. Hopefully, next season we see him with Hughes and Sharangovich for a good stretch to see if they can build the chemistry they had in a short time together. That could be a deadly combination.

Rating: B+