Height: 6' 2", Weight: 224 pounds
Born: 3.31.85 Quebec City, Quebec
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Florida Panthers to a minor league contract, 10.11,
became a 2-way contract, 1.30.12
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders, 9.17.15
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Funny how things work sometimes.
Zach Parise gets chosen 17th in the 2003 Entry Draft, and he's one of the bright American stars in the League.
Meanwhile, Bernier is chosen one pick before, and he's been mostly a third line player just trying to stay in the League.
He is capable of producing on the third line, though.
He had a good training camp with the Devils in 2011, coming in as a non-roster invitee, but at the time, there was no
room for him on the NHL roster. Lou Lamoriello offered him a minor league contract, however. Bernier declined it at
first, but did sign that deal a few weeks later, and if memory serves correct, with the impression that he might be used
down the road.
After a couple of bad losses against the Boston Bruins in January, the need came. Lou wanted more depth in the
bottom 6, so Bernier's contract was turned into a 2-way, and with rotating centers, both he and Alexei Ponikarovksy
played well on the third line since they joined the Devils that season.
Come playoff time, things had been clicking with him, Ryan Carter, and, just up in time for the playoffs, Stephen
Gionta. Much was made about that line's play during the 2012 playoff run. The line had stayed together off and on for
the next couple of seasons, with, honestly, middling results.
With "the moment passing," and with Carter signing with Minnesota, Bernier would be sent to Albany to start the 14-
15 season. Within a month, however, he would be back with the big club, and ended up having his best offensive year
with the Devils.
It was clear, though, that changes were going to be made in the organization by the end. Changes that started with the
hiring of Ray Shero as GM, although by all indications, even if Lamoriello did stay on, he wasn't gonna resign Bernier.
He did score a contract with the Islanders, but only played 24 games with them. (Not including the 6 games he saw in
His status for 16-17 remains up in the air; he's still currently a free agent.
|Entry Draft: 2003 First Round Pick (16th overall) by the
San Jose Sharks
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise