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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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59