Discussion in 'New Jersey Devils' started by HenriquesJawLine, Sep 16, 2018.
I'd rather see this for our next game
Hall - Zacha - Bratt
Johansson - Hischier - Palmieri
I actually agree with you for once.
same. bratt and zacha have chemistry and bratt and hall have chemistry. i'd like to see nico pushed into a more leading role where he can carry and control the puck and not defer to hall. bratt doesn't seem to have that problem. also would like to see nico start shooting the puck and not score all his goals from deflections or one timers. he puts himself in position and then passes the puck too often
I knew you'd come around one day
Agree last year in preseason he was dynamite on the PK.
And that is the issue, given last year I'm not rushing him into difficult PK minutes. In time though I'm sure we will see him there again.
He didn't just play PK in pre-season, he was 4th in SH TOI out of the forwards from last year.
I have no problem with him not killing penalties. Keep him fresh for 5on5 and power plays so he can generate chances. He was used to defensively early last year, and it compounded the fitness issues.
Played more then I thought, but if you look at Average TOI per game, he was tied for 6th at 1:03 per, while Rico when he was here was at 2:54, Gibbons was at 2:47.
And maybe I'm conflating some preseason with early regular season, don't know the splits but I'll guess he played more PK early in the year then later, but overall his role wasn't that big.
Though back to the point of playing Bratt on the PK going fwd. I think in time he will, but I'd be wary of giving him too much workload this season.
Yeah but when he stickhandles, he's shown that it's very tough for the opposition to muscle the puck away from him, short of basically committing a penalty by tackling him.
At some point, you have got to let him show us if he has indeed improved his endurance like he said. If he has, that basically puts him in the Top-Line Category 'cause that is the only thing holding him back from playing Normal-to-Heavy minutes like Hall and the others.
Hope it happens sooner rather than later.
He's hardly getting any ice-time.
Bratt has 9 points in 12 games (61 point pace over 82 games), is first among forwards in 5on5 CF% at 54.95%, 3rd in relative CF% at 3.14%, 6th in GF% at 53.33%, 2nd in relative GF% at 10.91%, 3rd in SF% at 54.17%, has a 99.7 PDO, and has middle of the pack offensive zone starts. Even when he was producing more last season, he wasn't controlling possession like he is this season.
yeah bratt looks even better. love that kid so much
He's getting a shot more per game and he's not even on PP1 anymore, as he was for most of the first half of last season. He's a 1st line player - if not right now, then in the very near future.
The kid has confidence
Find him a big playmaking center with skill and he could be a PPG player
I think he's a 2nd line player right now. Likely going to be a quality 1st liner in the future.
Jesper Bratt - an exact clone of Mitch Marner-style hockey
Bratt at his best is a better player than Hischier
You can’t say that. We are supposed to have zero NHL talent.
Eh, not really IMO
yeah idk about all of this
Bratt doesnt have the puck control and isnt quite as smart as Hischier. Bratt seems to look more influental with the puck, but I think thats because hes a driver on his line while Hischier is a pilot (to Hall).
Give Hischer his own line and you'll see him drive possession much more
I think Bratt actually has better puck control than Hischier and is also a better passer. Hischier is a vastly superior two-way player and is much better when it comes to puck management.
Better puck control?!?!
This has to be Hischier's greatest ability - his knack for gaining control, maintaining control, and knowing where to go to get a loose puck. Im a major Bratt fan but there is no way Bratt has better puck control than Hischier, speaking fundamentally as a hockey coach.
Bratt's skating ability with the puck may be better, in how he manipulates the defenders and the puck is tucked away in the right spot to make the move. But Bratt vs Hischier in the hardest spot to maintain the puck, the boards, Hischier is better by a mile. Nico seemingly always comes out with it.
Thats why the play Scheifele made on him was so impressive
edit: puck management IS also puck control... right?
Puck management is making the right decisions with the puck so that you don't turn it over in terrible spots. Something our team is embarrassingly bad at.
No, we just have very, very little.
Bratt is a gem, though. Absolute diamond in the rough.
I don't know if I'd categorize gaining control or a guys play away from the puck as puck control though. Those to me seem to be more defense, or IQ stuff. Certainly things that help one gain control of the puck, but when breaking down a players game I think I'd make that distinction.
I also think your maybe underrating Bratt's ability to maintain control with a defender on his back, perhaps not along the boards, but he is really good at controlling the puck with a defender physically on him. There is more his puck control game then just open ice.
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