Steve Bernier(25) New Jersey Devils

7th year winger, originally a 1st round pick of San Jose Sharks in 2003 (#16 overall), Steve Bernier(25) signed an AHL contract with Albany Devils in late October.

Before this season he only ever played 59 games in the AHL in his rookie and 3rd year pro.

He’s played 385 NHL games (76 goals and 83 assists) with San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and in 2010/2011 with Florida Panthers. Not the best totals for a former 1st round pick.

At 6’3″ and 220 lbs., at age 26 you got to think he’s got plenty left to use that big frame and blossom into the power forward he was always pegged to become.

New Jersey Devils just stepped in and turned his AHL contract into a two-way, one year deal.

He made his 2012 NHL debut as the league reconvened after the All-Star game and skated 18 shifts for 13:30 minutes of total ice, including some power play time. He had one shot on goal and went a -1 plus/minus, which maybe wasn’t all that great but his team did win in the shootout.

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