Thread: Injury Report: Bernier out 4-6 weeks
View Single Post
Old
03-12-2010, 12:10 AM
  #36
R0bert0 Lu0ng0
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,465
vCash: 500
Sorry, I think when I was looking at that originally (a few months ago) I was looking at even strength ice time. As I've mentioned in this thread Bernier's powerplay production is not up to snuff so he falls back to the pack when you look at overall ice time.

If you check the 2009-10 VUKOTA projections for Puck Prospectus you'll see that Bernier is 7th on the team in ESGFA, ahead of players like Samuelsson, Sundin and Wellwood.

You mention that guys like Madden, Grier etc justify their ice time with stellar defensive play - obviously it's a bit different, and it's particular to his situation here in Vancouver but I think it's worth stating that Bernier's strong physical play is of special value to the Canucks considering the rest of the forward group.

If he'd played 65 games at the pace he's gone this season he'd be top 50 in the league for hits among forwards - the only other Canuck in that group is Tanner Glass and we're probably best off with him on the fourth line.

R0bert0 Lu0ng0 is offline   Reply With Quote