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Bernier looks to shine in camp tryout

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 3:44 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Bernier looks to shine in camp tryout
Steve Bernier said DeBoer made Devils an attractive option: "That helped my decision a little bit for sure." (New Jersey Devils)
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Steve Bernier knows what Pete DeBoer expects from his players, and hopes that will give him an edge coming into Devils training camp.

The free agent right wing, who’s attending as a tryout, spent last season under DeBoer in Florida, calling him “a very, very tough coach.”

“Like every coach, he wants you to play hard,” Bernier said Friday at Prudential Center. “If you give everything you’ve got on the ice, you can have more chances, more ice time and you’re going to get his trust. That’s the way you need to think when you’re on the ice.”

A former first-round draft pick by San Jose, one spot ahead of Zach Parise in 2003, Bernier notched 14 goals in 39 games as a Sharks rookie in 2005-06, then 15 or more in each of the next three seasons. Two years ago with Vancouver, he potted 15 goals while establishing new career bests in assists (17) and points (32).

But last season his numbers dipped to five goals, 10 assists in 68 games with the Panthers. The 6-2, 215-lb. Quebec City native is eager to rediscover his scoring touch.

“After talking to Lou [Devils’ President/CEO/GM Lamoriello], he said that he saw me play when I was in San Jose and had a couple of good seasons, that if I was playing like this, you never know what can happen,” Bernier said. “I think that the best opportunity was here.”

He had two-way offers on the table from other clubs, but indicated New Jersey’s where he wants to be.

“I’d better risk it and give everything I’ve got at this camp and try to make it,” he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51