Friday, October 05, 2018

Unlucky Bratt Suffers Fractured Jaw

The New Jersey Devils are in Sweden preparing for their season opener against the Edmonton Oilers, which will be a Saturday afternoon game back home in Canada.  In practice on Thursday, Devils forward Jesper Bratt took a puck in the face, which deflected off a crossbar, fracturing his jaw.  On Friday, the Devils placed the sophomore forward on the Injured Reserve, which means he'll be out at least a week and they turned around and signed forward Drew Stafford, who was with the team on a pro tryout, to a new 1-year deal to fill the space.

Last season, Bratt had 35 points in 74 games and was a pleasant surprise for the Devils, who took contributions from all over the map on their return to the playoffs, making him into a good hockey pool candidate for the coming season.

Unfortunately, Jeremy has yet to reap any of the benefits of a young kid trying to make a name for himself, as the Devils have yet to play in this regular season and the 20-year old Swede won't be playing for a little while yet.  Nevertheless, Jeremy's team has gotten off to a good start after two nights, leading the pool outright with 14 points.

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