We’ve looked at a number of UFAs, trade targets, and RFAs that the Maple Leafs should look into this summer, but another player has emerged from the darkness.
The name — Jesper Bratt.
Similar to Mackenzie Blackwood, Bratt entered Frank Seravalli’s trade targets list one day after the Shea Weber and Evgenii Dadonov on Thursday.
From Seravalli’s article on Bratt:
Scoop: Admittedly, Bratt is a bit of a perplexing name on the board. GM Tom Fitzgerald said after the season Bratt is a big part of New Jersey’s future. Makes sense. He is a heck of a player. He’s young. He’s worked his way to become a point-per-game guy from a sixth-round pick. On the other hand, sources indicated Bratt was available at the deadline last spring. To my knowledge, there have been no contract extension talks to this point for what will be an expensive deal. Add in Fitzgerald’s mandate to find “hard skill” this summer, and well, it makes you wonder.
Almost 24 hours later, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes joined Seravalli in saying Bratt hasn’t had any substantial contract negotiations with New Jersey and that a number of teams have inquired about the 23-year-old.
Team leader in PTS . Still young. Consistent production, great value as a 6th Rd Draft Pick- yet I’m told no significant contract extension talks to this point, and I can confirm there are several teams interested in trading for Jesper Bratt of @NJDevils .@NHL #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/NuqXPi8JXB
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWe …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation