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    The guy has a lot potential, but will he be able to deliver a "bounce back" season with the Devils? He has Top 6 talent IMO, but he could very well be on his way out of the NHL if he has another disappointing season. What are your thoughts on him? projections?

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    I wouldn't bet on it. Not a single dollar. I agree that he has Top 6 talent, but he's struggling to find a fit with NJ. I think if Jagr missed 20 games last year, we'd have seen a different Brunner.

    I would bet high-30s for points, with upside the more games Jagr misses. Brunner needs to be the focal point on the wing to thrive
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    If it wasnt for the fact he is already signed for one more year in NJ, I would have been surprised if he was still in the NHL next season after watching his performance this year. If he can turn it around this year he will get another contract here. If he has another year like he just had, I expect him to be back in Europe for 2015/16.

    I am not holding my breath when it comes to Brunner and doubt he will bounce back.

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    He really struggled to get acclimated with NJ's system and disappeared for stretches. He needs to play with a superb playmaker. He shoots very quick and can get his shot off in tight spaces which is a must for most goal scorers in today's NHL. He had some good chemistry with Patrik Elias.

    I wouldn't write him off completely because he's a pretty talented player in the right situation. Likely has value in leagues with bigger roster sizes and or farm squads where he can be stashed in case he catches on in NJ. Wouldnt go out of my way to pick him up but wouldnt easily discard of him either. Depends on the league type.

    And not a whole lot of offensive options in NJ so he could prove to have value there yet. He was clutch for Detroit last year in playoffs.
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    He was starting to get things going in December, prior to his knee injury.

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    I'm just not seeing it here. He turned down the Detroit offer and then sat and sat waiting. There's a reason teams didn't rush out and sign him. While he shows flashes he just doesn't have the consistency or I think the motor for a full NHL season. He was playing 35-45 games a year overseas and it seems like that's all he can manage here as well. Just don't think he is NHL material although he has the talent to be there.

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    D.Brunner is still in the NHL?? I don't much fantasy oozing out of Mr. Brunner..

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