I'm honestly just blown away by Jesper Bratt. 19 year old 6th round picks just do not normally look that mature. The kid has been fantastic on the PK through the preseason, and all he does is score a couple points in his first NHL game.
All three rookies (Hischier, Bratt, Butcher) had strong games today. The more I watch Nico the more I can see he models his game after Pavel Datsyuk. He's got that same kind of smoothness to his game, and is really damn good defensively for an 18 year
Only two games (and we are talking the Avalanche and Sabres here), but these young new Devils look pretty darned good out there.
Fast, with a nose for the net, even decent defensively, allowing Cory Schneider to give the top of his head some rest by not having to stand on it for 60 minutes straight!
But even when the defense breaks down, Mr. Schneider is there to make the stops he needs to. He looks quite refreshed from what he looked like last year.
Can somebody check Bratt's birth certificate to make sure he's not actually 25 instead of 19? It's incredible how good this kid looks. How many teams trust a 19 year old 6th round pick to not just kill penalties, but create offensive chances while doing so?
It's just so refreshing to see speed and creativity, compared to the usual Devils dump-and-chase slogfest of the last several years. I don't know how long the fun will last (they haven't exactly played powerhouse teams), but I'm g
The 2011-12 team that went to the Cup Final played a more attacking style than most Devils teams, but that was the last team I would say was "exciting" since the team that went to back-to-back Finals (when the boring, trapping Devils finished in the top 2 in goals for both seasons).
The rookies have just been ridiculous for them this year. Butcher, Hischier (good God does he remind me of Datsyuk), and Bratt. The last time the Devils had this many rookies contributing this much was probably 1999-00, when they had Gomez, Madden, and Rafalski (who I don't think was technically a rookie because he was 26).