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Bernier looks to shine in camp tryout

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 3:44 PM ET / 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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59