Jesper Bratt is having a career season. The 23-year-old has been a human highlight reel with 19 goals and 31 assists in only 49 games this season. Along with that, the team has contract control past this season as he is a restricted free agent this offseason.
Why would the New Jersey Devils even consider trading a player like that?
Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli caused some ripples through the team’s fanbase when he said on The Daily Faceoff Show that teams are wondering about Bratt’s availability.
Seravalli says the general manager Tom Fitzgerald could be interested in “reshuffling the deck” if the opportunity to make the team better arises.
Bratt has shown vast improvement since his rookie season in 2017-18. His skating ability, puck control, and shot has gotten better with each year as the former sixth-round pick has been making opposing teams look silly on a nightly basis this season.
The only way Bratt gets traded is if he’s part of a package to acquire an established superstar player. While Bratt could very much be on his way to superstardom of his own, whether or not he can produce this type of production on a yearly basis is currently unknown.
With his production this season and contract control, Bratt is a very valuable asset in an organization looking to take the next step. His ability to make any line better as well as his chemistry with Jack Hughes is just more of a reason to keep him around. While he isn’t fully untouchable, Bratt is about as close as you can get to that status.