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The New Jersey Devils should sign Norwegian Michael Brandsegg-Nygård in the NHL Draft

With the upcoming 2024 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils have the 10th overall pick. If they don't trade it for a goalie – who they desperately need – they have several options to choose from.

Names like Konsta Helenius and Beckett Sennecke have mused about choosing New Jersey; However, an underrated candidate named Michael Brandsegg-Nygård would be a Cinderella Slipper type fit for them.

The Norwegian right winger's measurements are: 1.85 m and 198 pounds. He would add size to the Devils' offense – something they lack. Scott Wheeler of The Athletic mentioned the importance of Brandsegg-Nygård's size in his scouting report, stating: “He's not a dynamic individual player, but he has pro size, he works extremely hard and is committed to the game, he plays well.” He plays the game also against professionals with a lot of physical effort, constantly takes part in fights and keeps his performance level high.”

Brandsegg-Nygård played for Mora IK in the Hockey Allsvenskan league in Sweden last season. With Mora IK, Brandsegg-Nygård scored eight goals and ten assists in 41 games, which corresponds to 18 points. Next season, the 18-year-old will play for Skellefteå in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

With the Norwegian national team at the 2023 Junior World Cup, Brandsegg-Nygård scored three goals and two assists in five games. So far at the IIHF World Championship – against some of the world's best talent – he has scored two goals, one against Switzerland and one against Denmark – resulting in a win.

Even if Brandsegg-Nygård's stats aren't outstanding, his size and playing ability should be enough for Tom Fitzgerald to at least take a look at the Norwegian's game, and he might even be able to empathize with him and join the candidate at the time Give drafts a call.

Anna Harden

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