Today, the New Jersey Devils signed forward Jesper Brattto a two-year, $2.75 million AAV contract. Bratt finally signs a contract after contract talks between his agent and the Devils were not going well. The Devils will play their first game on January 14th and Bratt will not be able to dress for the game.
First, Bratt will have to get a travel visa to come to New Jersey from Sweden. Next, he will have to quarantine for seven days and have four consecutive negative COVID tests. After all of the protocols are met, Bratt will be able to jump into a top-six role in the lineup.
How Important Is Jesper Bratt To The Devils?
Jesper Bratt is one of the most skillful players on the current Devils roster. He is an amazing playmaker and can easily gain a concrete role in the top six. Former head coach John Hynes scratched Bratt in multiple games in the 2019-2020 season. This move was frowned upon by fans and Bratt would often dominate the following game. Bratt will now enter a new system with Lindy Ruff. Ruff has been implementing a speed and offense heavy system that will perfectly match with Jesper Bratt’s style of play. Bratt often posts videos of himself training in Sweden and has been on the ice since the season was paused in March. He will most likely be able to jump right into the Devils lineup when he is allowed to.
General manager Tom Fitzgerald has often said that Bratt is a key piece to the Devils’ future. The two-year term is most likely a bridge deal and Bratt could earn a big paycheck in his next contract. Bratt’s new contract will expire in 2022 when Bratt will be 24 years old. In the 2019-2020 season, Bratt totaled 16 goals and 16 assists for a total of 32 points. In the shortened season, Bratt played 60 games and was well on his way to breaking his season-high of 35 points.
Easily one of the most fun Devils to watch on the ice, Devils fans will be ecstatic to have Bratt back in the red and black.