Devils Avoid Arbitration With Breakthrough Forward

The New Jersey Devils have worked out a deal with their breakout forward Jesper Bratt, just in the nick of time.

It's a one-year, $5.45M deal, which allows the two sides to avoid arbitration by mere hours. Bratt will once again be a restricted free agent after the coming season. 

'Jersey Jesper' had his big breakout season this year, jumping from the 30-point range of his first four years to 73 points, on 26 goals and 47 assists. 

Despite being drafted 162nd overall in the 2016 Draft, Bratt has recorded the 7th-most points of any player drafted that year. 

With no long-term extension reached, however, it's likely that Bratt's name will continue to pop up in trade rumors as we head towards the start of the new season. 

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