Player: Jesper Bratt
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5'10" Weight: 174 lbs.
Stats: 48 games, 8 goals, 9 assists, 17 points, +1
Final NHL Central Scouting rank: 17th among European skaters
What I Like:
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.
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.
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.