This year will be Jesper Bratt’s breakout season
The New Jersey Devils built steady momentum last week. Despite the most recent loss to the Washington Capitals, the Devils’ game plan has been somewhat respectable. the execution is just lacking. Most people expected the Devils to show decent improvement this season. Jesper Bratt is a player with a ton of expectations.
Last season, Bratt managed to pull off a terrific season. In 76 appearances, he had 73 points (26 goals and 47 assists), which led the entire Devils roster. Even though he only has one goal, Bratt picks up where he left off. So far in six games, Bratt has nine points (one goal and eight assists). He is currently tied for the most assists in the NHL alongside Leon Draisaitl, Artemi Panarin and Nikita Kucherov.
Bratt’s trend is definitely going in the right direction. Many said last year was his breakout season. Despite the excitement surrounding Bratt’s gameplay, it’s only just begun to scratch the surface.
This year is going to be his true breakout season. If he maintains that pace throughout the season, people outside the Metropolitan Division will talk about him more.
It’s similar to what happened with Jack Hughes last season. Hughes went from a possible first bust at the draft to becoming a future bona fide superstar. Bratt is still one of the most underrated players in the league.
As proven last year when he was not selected for the All-Star team. Even though it’s very early in the season, if Bratt keeps up his high point production, he’ll easily make the all-star team. Once he does, it will be his breakout moment. Thus, resulting in his true breakout season.
Making the All-Star team will help Bratt gain respect in the league. It also puts him on a pedestal as a potential star player. Similar to teammates Hughes and Nico Hischier, who were once All-Stars. That’s the bar for Bratt this season. That, and I hope he re-signs once he’s eligible.