The New Jersey Devils are a team that needs Ondrej Palat right now.
Ondrej Palat was brought in right after the New Jersey Devils missed out on Johnny Gaudreau. Well, Palat isn’t as good of a player as Gaudreau but he is better in the playoffs which is something that the latter won’t be participating in this year.
Landing Palat wasn’t so he can score 40 goals. It was so he can come up with big moments when the lights are the brightest. He has done that time after time with the Tampa Bay Lightning which is why he has won the Stanley Cup twice. He has also been in the final a total of four times.
The hope is that Palat brings some of that to the Devils once the postseason begins. He may not score at the rate that Jack Hughes or Nico Hischier score but he can help them be a lot more clutch. His experience is second to none when it comes to most players in the league.
Of all the players named here, in addition to the stars, nobody is as important as Ondrej Palat going into the postseason. Don’t be surprised one bit if he opens the first game with some kind of impactful play as it is the time of year when he raises his game.
We can only hope that he is a big piece to a playoff victory over the biggest rivals that New Jersey has.