Damien Brunner joined the Detroit Red Wings last season after years of playing at a professional level in Switzerland, notching 26 points in his first 44 games in North America. Following the shortened season, Brunner became a free agent and decided to test the market rather than re-signing with his original team in Motown and though it was a surprise that he would remain available throughout the whole summer, the New Jersey Devils aren't complaining.
After nearly three months on the open market,Brunner accepted a pro tryout contract from New Jersey in September and shortly after made it permanent,signing a two-year, $5million deal. The deal that Brunner accepted from New Jersey was reportadly the same as the one he rejected from Detroit.
So far that $2.5 million a year deal is looking like a bargain for the Devils.
Now the 27-year old from Switzerland leads the Devils with three goals and 17 shots on goal through their first four games and is tied with defenseman Marek Zidlicky with a team-high four points.
But while Brunner seems to have adapted quickly to his new team, the Devils are still waiting on Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac to join in on the fun.
Both Henrique and Zajac signed long-term contracts over the last two years with New Jersey. Henrique committing himself to the Devils for six-years while Zajac signed on for the league maximum of eight. So far the top-two centers have combined for just two assists to start the season.
It will be up to Henrique and Zajac to do more than win faceoffs for the Devils if they want to avoid making history when they faceoff against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. The Devils have never started a season with a five game winless streak, but could do so tonight for the first time if they can't pull out a win.
The puck drops tonight at 9pm EST. Catch the action on MSG Plus 2, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN.