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2009 NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils draft Jacob Josefson, 20th overall

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With the 20th overall pick, acquired via a trade for the 23rd and 84th picks, the New Jersey Devils selected Jacob Josefson.  That's pronounced "Yay-cub" - not the traditional U.S. pronunciation of "Jay-cub."  On paper, Josefson is the sort of guy you'd expect NJ to pick.  His focus is on a two-way game, something the Devils are clearly known for.  In Lou We Trust has more.

(Sweden - Djurgarden)
GP G A P PIM
2008 - Jacob Josefson (Center)
50 5 11
16
14

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

His hustle, leadership and willingness to play through injuries and illness went a long way with his teammates, as Josefson earned their respect. Now his puck skills are good, but not great. However, he always seems to be in the right place with or without the puck and supports his teammates.

Shane Malloy
Jacob Josefson projects as a capable two-way center at the NHL level.

The Hockey News
He didn't have a particularly strong World Juniors showing but is still a talented centre, highly skilled. Is equally proficient at either end of the ice, shows a decent level of hockey IQ, shows some creativity, and more importantly is not afraid to play physical.

Lee Fehler
My NHL Draft
THE EVIDENCE