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10-25-2013, 02:58 PM
Big Phil
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Remember, it can be argued that before the eye injury he was starting to slow down..........offensively even. Put it this way, one year before the eye injury the Isles traded him. You've got a guy two years removed from the Calder trophy, a supposed young slick offensive defenseman and you trade him? Mad Mike Milbury is the worst GM the game has ever seen, but in hindsight I can see why he let him go.

1997 - 48 points in 82 games
1998 - 46 points in 75 games
1999 - 34 points in 69 games
2000 - 30 points in 64 games................and then the eye injury

I remember when the Leafs got him, and you would think we'd have thought we won the lottery, but even though he wasn't even 22 yet, I never thought we were getting a superstar. For whatever reason, his stock had fallen, even then.

My thought with Berard was that he wasn't strong defensively. He made lovely end to end rushes but teams seemed to catch up with him on that one. I guess a lot of it was in between the ears, I never thought his hockey sense was up to par. Hockey sense is the one lasting trait that will get you an NHL job forever, but he didn't have it.

I don't know what career he has if he never gets the eye injury. Maybe Steve Duchesne if he's lucky? Honestly, I never saw "superstar in the making" with him once teams caught onto him, and that was well before his eye injury.

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