Season Grade: Jacob Josefson

If you ask 10 Devils fans about Josefson, you’ll probably get 10 different opinions about him.  A former 1st round pick, Josefson hasn’t fully lived up to the hype.  That’s not to say he hasn’t been a useful player, though.  Many people talk about how his offense never developed, and that’s a valid criticism, but some will defend that when they talk about his defense.  This year was a big year for Josefson.  He needed to prove that he deserves a spot on the team.  Let’s take a look at his season below.

The Numbers

5v5 Numbers

5v5 TOI 5v5 Goals 5v5 Assists 5v5 Points 5v5 G60 5v5 A60 5v5 P60 5v5 Pen D 5v5 CF% 5v5 CF% Rel 5v5 SH%  5v5 ZSO% Rel
618.02 1 1 2 0.1 0.1 0.19 -1 50.62% 5.27% 2.05% -4.90%

5v4 Numbers

5v4 TOI 5v4 Goals 5v4 Assists 5v4 Points 5v4 G60 5v4 A60 5v4 P60 5v4 Pen D 5v4 CF% 5v4 CF% Rel 5v4 SH% 5v4 ZSO% Rel
142.74 3 7 10 1.26 2.52 4.2 3 90.08% 3.57% 15% 1.11%

4v5 Numbers

4v5 TOI 4v5 Goals 4v5 Assists 4v5 Points 4v5 G60 4v5 A60 4v5 P60 4v5 Pen D 4v5 CF% 4v5 CF% Rel 4v5 SH% 4v5 ZSO% Rel
98.65 0 1 1 0 0.61 0.61 5 16.44% 8.24% 5.88% 6.38%

All Situations Numbers

All TOI All Goals All Assists All Points All G60 All A60 All P60 All Pen D All CF% All CF% Rel All SH% All ZSO% Rel
899.51 4 10 14 0.27 0.67 0.93 22 54.14% 9.80% 6.62% 6.30%

As it’s been with his entire career, Josefson has had problems generating offense.  The funny thing is, this was his best year point wise.  Another problem people have with Josefson is his injury history.  Josefson missed time this year with injuries, only playing in 58 games.  Besides his lack of production, Josefson’s 5v5 numbers were spectacular.  He had a positive Corsi Rel%, and his zone starts weren’t great.  It’s also important to remember that Josefson played with guys like Brian O’Neill and Jordin Tootoo a good amount this year.  His penalty differential was great, which is important for a team that had a hard time generating 5v5 offense.  

Josefson saw some penalty kill time this year, and received very generous zone starts while on it.   He draw 5 more penalties than he took while on the penalty kill as well, which is a valuable thing.  His penalty kill numbers were decent, and he is a decent penalty killer, but Josefson was great for the power play.  He put up 10 of his 14 points while on the power play, and the Devils were a better power play team with him on the ice.  For a more in depth look at what Josefson meant to the Devils special teams, especially the power play, check out this post by Ryan Stimson over at All About The Jersey.  It’s a great piece about Josefson and how much of an impact he has had on Devils players, power play, and penalty kill.  

Season Grade: B

Out of all the bottom 6 guys on the team, Josefson is easily one of, if not the best one.  His 5v5 possession numbers were great, and while the scoring wasn’t there, the Devils weren’t getting burned badly when he was on the ice.  He was used well on the penalty kill, and was an important cog in the Devils power play this year.  Only Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac had more power play points from forwards this year, and both of them had much more time on the power play than Josefson.  Some Devils fans will say he isn’t a good player, and that the Devils shouldn’t re-sign Josefson, and I think they are wrong.  He’s a very solid 3rd/4th line guy who makes an impact on the power play and penalty kill.  I hope Shero re-signs Josefson this offseason, because he earned it this year.  He also earned the B with his special teams play and even strength possession numbers. Josefson forever. 

(Numbers and statistics via and Hockey Reference)

(Photo courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)


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