New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald showed optimism about a contract extension for Jesper Bratt during his press conference Wednesday.
Fitzgerald said there is “framework” for a contract extension for Jesper Bratt per Devils reporter Amanda Stein.
Fitzgerald added that Bratt wants to be a Devil for a long time.
Bratt, 24, tallied 31 goals and 41 assists for 73 points in 82 games this season. It was his second consecutive year with over 70 points. However, he struggled in the playoffs. He only had one goal, an empty-netter, and 5 assists for 6 points in 12 games.
Why keep him?
Nonetheless, young forwards who produce are valuable. Despite his performance in the playoffs, Bratt deserves a long-term contract extension.
The Devils are primed for a run at the Stanley Cup. They’re coming off 52 wins and a playoff series win. That success is thanks in part to their young forwards, Bratt’s one of them. He has been a part of this team since 2017, his growth has helped them grow as a group. If he were to be traded, it’d be a mistake.
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