The Devils offense continues to be explosive and surprising. In what was a close game until the Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson goals, the Devils broke out for four goals in the second period and would hold on to win 6-2. Evander Kane ended up slotting two goals and six shots in Buffalo’s loss. Marcus Johansson slotted two goals for his first two on the season and Taylor Hall continues to be the face of this offense being all over the ice and contributing in all assets of the game. Nico Hischier tallied his first NHL point this afternoon assisting Brian Gibbons goal.
The big storyline here is Jesper Bratt, the 19-year-old Swede continues to impress Devils and NHL fans around the league. Bratt came onto this team uncertain of his spot and or impact on the team. Bratt was a 6th round, 162nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft. Bratt has played the last four years overseas in Sweden with Sweden’s International junior team. Bratt has proved his poise, speed, and scoring ability early on. The problem is though he signed an entry-level deal with New Jersey and was drafted by the London Knights and committed to play with them in August. Assuming Bratt stays though what is his role on New Jersey and could he be a dark horse for the Calder?