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Who the heck is Devils sensation Jesper Bratt?

Kevin Hoffman / USA Today Sports

The first question the average NHL fan will have when looking at the league's scoring leaders is: "Who the heck is Jesper Bratt?"

Bratt already has three goals (one on the power play, one at even strength, and one shorthanded) and two assists in two games thus far, placing him seventh in the NHL in points. He has taken the league by storm, despite seemingly coming out of nowhere.

In fact, Bratt is the first player in Devils franchise history to record five points in the first two games of his NHL career, according to NHL Public Relations.

Bratt was a sixth round pick by the Devils in the 2016 NHL Draft. Why he fell all the way to the sixth round remains a mystery. In his draft year, he tallied 17 points in 48 games in the second-best professional league in Sweden. Not too shabby for a 17-year-old playing against grown men. While competing nationally with Sweden in various under-18 tournaments, he put up 16 points in 21 games.

The 19-year-old's success has continued in his first season in North America. He registered five points in four preseason games, earning him a spot on New Jersey's top line with Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha. So far, he has taken full advantage.

Obviously there is some regression on the way. He has scored three goals despite taking just three shots. But given his quickness and skill, a reasonable amount of offensive production for a 19-year-old rookie could be sustained. This is the scouting report Future Considerations gave him in 2016:

He is strong on the puck and possesses some quick, creative hands, allowing him to get fancy with the puck on the rush.

His fanciness and creativity with the puck on the rush was on full display during his short-handed goal on Monday against Buffalo.

Having the presence of mind to make the move to the backhand rather than just firing the one-timer suggests that Bratt is composed and has offensive instincts. Moreover, the fact that he was killing penalties in a tight game indicates that he is a responsible two-way player who has already earned the trust of his head coach.

Though it's still way too early in the season to jump to any outrageous conclusions, the Devils appear to have a nice find in Bratt.

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