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Jesper Bratt 2016 NHL Draft Profile

Player: Jesper Bratt

Team: AIK(Sweden)

Position: Left Wing

Height: 5'10" Weight: 174 lbs.

Shoots: Left

Stats: 48 games, 8 goals, 9 assists, 17 points, +1

Final NHL Central Scouting rank: 17th among European skaters

What I Like:

-Heavy shooter

For a smaller player, Bratt can really fire the puck. He's got a quick, heavy release on his snap shot and has the ability to one-time hard or difficult passes. He's very good on the power play because of his shooting ability.

-Changes directions well

Bratt is a really quick player that moves east-west well making him dynamic off the rush and makes it difficult for opposing defenders to line him up.

What I Don't Like:

-Disappears against physical play

Bratt is a small player and not particularly strong, which really works against him when he's playing against faster, stronger competition. He's easily muscled off the puck in tight areas and tends to be quiet and ineffective when playing teams that play a more North American style of hockey.

-Needs to improve defensive play

Bratt is a skilled offensive player, but he's not so skilled that he's going to last in the NHL without developing more of a 200-foot game.

Draft Projection:

Bratt is a solid mid-round pick. He's got some skills, but serious questions about how well his game will translate to North America will probably push him into the late-third round at the earliest and early-fifth round at the latest.

Pro Projection:

Bratt is a bit of a boom-or-bust prospect because he's the type of player that will likely need to play a top line scoring role to stick in the NHL. Best case scenario, he makes it as a second line scoring forward that uses his big shot to be a threat on the power play.