Of the first-year players on the 2017-18 New Jersey Devils, Jesper Bratt may have been the biggest surprise of them all. “He kind of came out of nowhere in camp,” teammate Kyle Palmieri told reporters back on Oct. 11. “Not many guys or media really knew who he was.” If you weren’t familiar with Bratt
Think of all of the instances in recent memory where an NHL team has had two no. 1 overall picks in their lineup. Obviously, the Edmonton Oilers had four (4!) at once, but that’s an anomaly (and they’re not all there anymore). There’s the Pittsburgh Penguins obviously with Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury (now with
In his first season with the New Jersey Devils Taylor Hall was expected to be a savior for a franchise that had missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, as he easily became their most explosive weapon since the departures in consecutive summers of Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. But he couldn’t do it all
A total of 30 players from Sweden signed an NHL contract before the 2017–18 season. The last time another European country produced more NHL players was more than eleven years ago. With some new Swedes on the block, we don’t know yet what they will make as the storyline of this season. But we can presume.
A few seasons ago I am not sure there would be many Hockey fans who would believe this. Cursed with poor drafting over the years the New Jersey Devils seemed to not have a ton of youth depth. That is until general manager Ray Shero arrived in 2015. Through smart drafting and some great trading,