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Steve Bernier

#18 / Right Wing / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

225

Mar 31, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Steve Bernier 81 15 17 32 4 27 2 0 4 0 137 10.9

Gillis is wasting little time looking towards 2010. Today he announced Steve Bernier is sticking around for two more years (dollar amount forthcoming).

Lots of folks weren't keen on Bernier this year, but I'm a fan (so maybe it's only a Mike thing?). Originally slated to be the third Sedin, he didn't do so well and quickly earned a reputation for having cement hands and unable to hit the broadside of a barn when the net was wide open.

However, he embraced his role as third line checker and a member of the PK. In total he played a career high 81 games, notched four game winners, lead the team in hits and had a career year in points.

There's hope yet he can round his game out to be a power forward the team desperately needs. But if not, he may fill the void left by pending UFA Taylor Pyatt. Below is a comparison of their stats from this year. In a pure numbers game with a similar type player, I prefer Bernier.

 

Name STEVE
BERNIER
TAYLOR
PYATT
Position R L
Team VAN VAN
Age 24 27
2008-2009 Salary $2500000 $1575000
2008-2009 Cap Hit $2500000 $1575000
Contract Years Left 0 0
Games 81 69
Goals 15 9
Assists 17 9
Points 32 18
Points Per Game 0.40 0.26
Point Pace 32 21
Multi Point Games 4 1
Zero Point Games 66.7% 75.4%
2008-2009 Salary/Pnt $22368 $65625
2008-2009 Caphit/Pnt $31140 $65625
PP Goals 2 0
PP Points 7 1
PP TOI/G 02:30 00:54
% Team's PP Time/GP 35.0% 12.3%
Team PP%
Hover for PPG/OPP
19.0% 19.7%
SH Goals 0 0
SH Points 0 0
SH TOI/G 00:00 02:17
% Team's SH Time/GP 0.2% 31.3%
TOI/G 13:50 14:42
% Team's Ice Time 22.7% 24.2%
Plus/Minus 5 0
Giveaways 12 18
Takeaways 30 25
Penalty Min 27 43
Hits 146 86
Shots 137 99
Shooting % 10.95 9.09
Hitting Net % 77.4 75.6