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The fifth episode of the Devils Official Podcast is Jesper Bratt.
Bratt exploded for a two-goal game last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning and has been a dynamic young forward on the club as he embarks on his third NHL season.
Bratt was drafted by the Devils in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft but defied odds to make the club only a year later. Bratt actually attended the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo which is a rare thing to do for a player taken in the sixth or seventh round.
"It was really stressful. You don't really know where you're going to end up," said Bratt. "There's a lot of speculation and I was invited to the Combine for the top 100. The picks started to go and the rounds and everything and I was sitting there a little stressed."
Once he was selected, however, his mind was at ease.
"I got picked in the sixth round there but I felt right away after my meetings (with the Devils) like the number didn't matter at all. I felt like I came to a great organization. For me, if I was a second round pick or six or seven it didn't really amtter to me. I felt like I came to the right spot for the right fit."
And from there, that attitude worked for him as he found his way on the team a year later.
"I didn't really have expectations on myself," Bratt began. "I always believed that my type of game could take me pretty far if I was just dialed in and worked hard. I came to camp and I wanted to stay here and do everything I could to make the team. I feel like right away I got a pretty good start at the rookie tournament. I felt like the coaches like my game with my speed and everything."