5 Players Who Brought New Jersey Devils To First Place

Miles Wood #44 of the New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)
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2. Jesper Bratt

Jesper Bratt has been an absolute stunner. He started the season with points in 11 straight games. He has 17 points in 12 games so far this season. He’s seventh in the league in total points. He’s fifth in total assists. He’s tied for first in the league at first assists at even strength. Actually, no player has more 5v5 points than Bratt’s 12. He’s been one of the best offensive players in the league.

Lindy Ruff asked Bratt to shoot more this season, and he’s now shooting about twice per game. He’s shooting 14.7% right now, which seems unsustainable, but he shot north of 13% last season. Bratt chooses his shots incredibly well. He knows how to find the right spot to shoot and when to pass.

Bratt took a major chance this offseason when he signed a one-year deal, but it looks like it’s working out in spades. He is the talk of the town, with national analysts talking about how Bratt is driving the bus for the Devils.

Bratt is one of the better playmakers in the league. Yes, he’s up there with Sidney Crosby and Nikita Kucherov. Bratt looks like he’s going to continue his rise the ranks.