Devils re-sign Bratt to 2-year, $5.5M deal

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Four days before the season opener, the New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free-agent Jesper Bratt to a two-year, $5.5 million deal.

Bratt will be a restricted free agent when the two-year contract expires but will have arbitration rights, something he didn’t currently have and resulted in his holdout to start the season.

The 22-year-old winger scored a career-high 16 goals and 32 points in 60 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He led the Devils with 15 even-strength goals, including 101 shots with an overall 15.8 shooting percentage for the year.

Bratt was selected by New Jersey in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft and signed with the team on May 12, 2017. He made his NHL debut October 7 against Colorado where he scored his first career goal and assist, and set a franchise-record, becoming one of five players in the last 17 seasons to score 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the first 2 games of their career.

Bratt has posted 37 goals, 63 assists, 100 points and five game-winning goals in 185 games played for New Jersey. He also played for  Sweden at the 2016 U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and 2019 World Championships.