How good Bryan Berard could have been?
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10-25-2013, 12:41 AM
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Tiny bit hazy on this because there wasn't a great deal of reason to pay attention to the Islanders at the time, but that doesn't really fit my recollection. I want to say he was kind of a bonehead and not in a "young defensemen will make rookie mistakes" sort of way.
He came out of the gate red hot, but it seems to me he didn't get an inch better over the next few years and, if anything, got worse (still referring to before the eye injury here). Against the players he'd have been competing with during his prime (Bourque, Lidstrom, Leetch, Pronger, Niedermayer), I don't know that he had the innate hockey smarts to be contending for Norrises, let alone winning them. Was sort of a horse without a jockey, not unlike a Jack Johnson.
As for still being in the league...I think he'd probably be nearing the end of the road if he was. Skating was such a big part of his game and the legs are the first thing to go.
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