Bergeron spent the 2013 campaign with Tampa Bay and Carolina, racking up 1G-8A in 25 games.
Prior to that, he carved himself a reputation as an offensive defenseman and power play specialist, scoring a career-high 46 points in 2006-07 as he split time between the Oilers and New York Islanders organizations.
It wouldn’t be surprising for Bergeron to get a call from an NHL club at some point during the season, as an injury replacement, stopgap PP solution or for depth as the playoffs draw close.
He does have extensive postseason experience, going to the Stanley Cup Final with Edmonton in 2006 and the Eastern Conference finals twice (once with Montreal, once with Tampa Bay).
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Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.