5 New Jersey Devils players who must bring their A-Game after the All-Star Break

The New Jersey Devils have dramatically fallen below expectations this season for a multitude of reasons, so a few players must help them return to form.

Jan 27, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) is congratulated
Jan 27, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) is congratulated / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesper Bratt has got to remain more than consistent

Jesper Bratt recently received an invite to the 2024 All-Star Game, where he will replace Jack Hughes and also play for his teammate’s team. For Bratt, it’s a well-deserved honor, as he has been healthy all season, and has produced 50 points and 19 goals, leading New Jersey in the former. 

Bratt’s productivity started to pick up in 2021-22 when he scored 73 points, and that trend continued last season when he ended up with another 73. Now, it looks like he will shatter his career-highs, and given the current state of the Devils, they need him to.

Like the other players listed so far, Bratt sustaining and ideally increasing his consistent output on the ice alone won’t turn the team around. But if he keeps playing at a high level, he’s still doing his part in helping New Jersey embark on a late-season run. 

Bratt has also been a go-to player often over the past two seasons on the man advantage and when the team needs a go-ahead goal. If he stays healthy when the season enters its most pressing stage, look for Bratt to remain the go-to in clutch moments.