Although Damien Brunner is not officially signed with the Devils yet, he is a clear cut above the rest of the Devils forwards battling for a roster spot.
Without Damien Brunner in the fold, it would be a lot harder to find a major strength in this line.
Zubrus is a solid player and we can't be sure what Loktionov is going to give us this year, but Brunner gives the Devils another legitimate scoring threat deep in the roster.
Once the Devils sign Brunner, they will have gone from a team that seemed doomed to finish near the bottom of the division to a team capable of surprising people.
At the same time, I do not want to get ahead of myself.
In Brunner's first season with Detroit, he put up 26 points in the regular season and added nine more in the playoffs.
That, however, is the only sample we have of his play on the the NHL stage, which leads to this lines biggest weakness.
This line, as I have it composed, would be very inexperienced.
Zubrus is a proven veteran, but Loktionov and Brunner are anything but.
Last year, Loktionov jumped on the stage after being traded from Los Angeles and impressed with eight goals in 28 games. He has more NHL experience than Brunner, having played a bit with the Kings over the last few years, but he was not nearly as impressive with them (14 points in 58 games).
The good news for New Jersey is that if Brunner and Loktionov come out in 2013-14 and prove that they are more than flashes in a pan, then this weakness disappears.
If, on the other hand, they struggle to score, they may put DeBoer in the tricky situation of having to move players around.