|Jacob Peter Josefson
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 181 pounds
Born: 3.2.91 Stockholm, Sweden
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres, 7.1.17
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
"Prototypical Devil" has been used to describe Josefson: highly skilled two-way player. I think even at the Entry Draft,
Bob McKenzie (maybe it was him that said it) compared him to John Madden. (Although I personally feel that Jake
has more scoring ability... and I'm fully aware that Madden was the #2 center behind Brendan Morrison when he
played at Michigan.)
Both he and Djurgarden teammate Mathias Tedenby had been pegged as NHL ready, but with Josefson's size versus
Tedenby's size, he was more ready to handle the rigors of the NHL game. Thus, he played well in preseason games.
If it weren't for the Devils' salary cap issues at the time, he likely would have made the team out of camp. Thus, he was
sent to Albany to play, and the first change the Devils got (Brian Rolston going on LTIR), he was brought back and put
in the top 9. (Some nights, top 6.)
His biggest challenge for the balance of his stint with the Devils was trying to find a way to stay off of LTIR himself. In
his first 2 seasons, he already had 3 major injuries. In all instances, he had been playing very well, too, just prior to
going down. He had missed a significant amount of games since for various other injuries.
Once he was finally able to play (close to) a full season (The firing of Peter DeBoer might have something to do with
it.), he was able to show what he could do, especially on the defensive side. He had also shown to be a reliable hand
for the shootout since John Hynes came in.
|Entry Draft: 2009 First Round Pick (20th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise