It’s clear the Devils intend to give Damien Brunner a serious look during his training camp tryout.

After signing his tryout agreement Monday Brunner 27 jumped right into things in his first practice Tuesday skating at right wing on a line with Patrik Elias at center and Dainius Zubrus at left wing. He also got some power-play time playing up front on a unit with Travis Zajac and rookie Reid Boucher.

"I’m serious too" Brunner said and then laughed. "It’s where I have to make an impression — create offense and make some good plays and try to shoot the puck as much as I can. So we’ll see how that goes eventually on Thursday."

Thursday is the Devils’ next preseason game against the Islanders and though Brunner has just one practice under his belt coach Pete DeBoer said it’s possible he’ll play.

"We’re going to talk about it" DeBoer said. "I don’t think it’s too soon [to put him in a preseason game]."

It was only one practice but DeBoer liked what he saw.

"A pretty savvy guy" DeBoer said. "He’s got some skill. He’s always moving. He’s got a good stick. He looks like a good offensive player."

Elias who gave Brunner some pointers during practice believes he can help the Devils in that area.

"I watched him play a little bit when he was in Detroit" Elias said. "He plays a little of a different style but he’s a playmaker. He can make good plays he’s really good with the puck and he doesn’t need too many chances to put the puck in the net. He’s a really gifted goal scorer. He had a really good year in Detroit. I don’t know exactly what the situation is here — if he’s going to stay or not stay.

"But if he will [stay] I think he’s going to give us another offensive punch."