Jonathan Bernier is one of the top goalie prospects in the NHL on a team that already has Vezina candidate Jonathan Quick, so it’s no surprise you’re hearing the 23-year-old’s name pop up in trade rumors. (For example, the one that has him going to Columbus as part of a package for Jeff Carter.)
1. There’s only so much teams will pay for pedigree. While Bernier was drafted 11th overall in 2006 and had great numbers in the AHL, he’s only played 42 games in the NHL, posting a 2.59 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. In other words, he’s not quite at Cory Schneider’s stage of development yet. But in a year or two, he might be.
2. Quick is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season. And as Hammond writes, “The nightmare scenario for the Kings would be to trade Bernier, then have Quick walk next summer.” Not to mention, if Lombardi trades Bernier, Quick would have some serious leverage in contract negotiations.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.