The wait is finally over! Jesper Bratt and the Devils have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.75 million. The announcement was made to day by Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald.
The contract is worth $5,500,000 overall and will see Bratt paid $2,050,000 in 2020-21 and $3,450,000 in 2021-22.
Bratt was someone the Devils needed to get signed. The 22-year-old forward “led the club in even-strength goals with 15 and set career highs with 16 goals and 101 shots (15.8% shooting percentage) in his 2019-21 campaign” according to the press release put out by the Devils.
Over his three-year NHL career, all with the Devils, he has 37 goals, 63 assists (100 points). Those 37 goals include five game winners. All that has come over 185 regular season games.
According to the press release, Bratt, a native of Stockholm, notched his 100th NHL point on March 6, 2020 against the St. Louis Blues.
Bratt has had his best season so far in 2017-18. He set career highs in games played (74), assists (22), points (35) and power play goals (four). The presser also notes that “he set a franchise record and is one of five players in the past 17 seasons to score 9PTS (3G-2A) in the first 2 games played of his NHL career.”
Bratt was a steal for New Jersey, drafted in the sixth round (162nd overall, in 2016. The press release notes that he was singed on May 12, 2017 and made his NHL debut against the Avalanche – where he scored his first two NHL points (one goal/one assist).