New Jersey Devils: 5 Bold Offseason Predictions

New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63): Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63): Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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New Jersey Devils defenseman Kevin Bahl (88): Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports /

Bold Prediction #4: Kevin Bahl Gets More Money Than Mike McLeod

When we talk about restricted free agents, Bratt and Meier are brought up constantly. They are the two stars looking for new contracts. They aren’t the only players looking to find their next deal. Eight restricted free agents are playing for the Devils right now, and there are five more in the AHL. This is a busy offseason for the Devils front office.

There are a few interesting cases. What will Nathan Bastian make? How can they value Yegor Sharangovich?

Yet, the two that will probably surprise the most people are Michael McLeod and Kevin Bahl. McLeod had an insane postseason. He had six points in 12 games while playing the type of style that moves mountains in the playoffs. One goal was shorthanded, which had the Devils fanbase losing its collective minds.

Kevin Bahl played well for most of the season. He was in and out of the lineup, but by the end of it, he solidified his spot. Bahl has the chance to be a really good defenseman. Fitzgerald has tried to sign players early. Yet, a player like McLeod can be replaceable. So, Bahl will have a bigger contract at the end of the offseason.