Everyone knows that the Devils win or lose based on how well Martin Brodeur plays on a given night. However that couldn’t be further from the truth. The devils need scoring in order to win and Langenbrunner has played a big part in that since he became a Devil during the 2001-02 season. He will never put up 80, 90, or even 100 + points. That’s not his game, his game is being a team player, and he plays that game to a tee.
It may seem that Langenbrunner has been in the league forever, but only since the 1994-95 season. His 69 points last season was the highest he has ever had. His pairing with Zach Parise has helped quite a bit. This season he has put up 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points through the first 40 games. He is the captain of the Devils team and the emotional leader on and off the ice. Zach and Marty may get all the publicity, but Jamie is the main cog in the machine. Amazingly he put up his first hat trick in his career on Saturday night vs. the Wild. What is more special about that, is that he is from Minnesota (Duluth) and if there is a place he wanted to do it, Minnesota is it.
He will likely never be a Hall of Famer, but as a member of the Devils, his importance is very much understated. At only 34 years old, he still has some gas left in the tank and will likely remain in the league for years to come. With the Devils GM Lou Lamarillo being quite stingy, I am hoping he can finish his career with the Devils. With a little luck, I think that will happen. He may have started his career with the Stars, but he will always be remembered as a Devil.
His cards by eBay standards are commons. His autograph can be had for very cheap, not more than $1. His game used run about the same. Most of his game used cards, center around his days with the Stars (pictured below), and also run about a dollar a card on eBay. For any Devils fan his card is a must have. For any hockey fan, his card is a must have because of the type of player he is. Either way you look at it, Jamie’s autograph is simply a must have. A hard worked that often gets overlooked.