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How to Beat the Goalie: Bernier

Former Los Angeles Kings' goaltender Jonathan Bernier is getting a shot at becoming the starter for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Laval, Quebec native is a capable starter for any team in the league. Bernier has a good track record at every level he's played, from the QMJHL to being a Stanley Cup winner as a backup.

Below is a scouting report from The Hockey News.

Assets: His reflexes are first-rate and cat-like. Plays with supreme confidence when tending goal. Can steal a game all on his own, and is also capable of shaking off bad goals.

Flaws: Needs to play with more focus, so as to diminish the number of bad goals allowed. Can get into slumps where he starts fighting the puck. Lacks consistency, overall.

Career Potential: Talented goaltender with good upside.

A weakness in Bernier's game is play along the post. These are where the players are going to shoot from most of the time since they are pushed to the outside. If a good shooter can find a hole, he will score, and that is where Bernier has been victimized throughout his career. 

Bernier is one of the most competitive goaltenders in the league. He hasn't been handed anything to him in his career, so his hard-work translates on the ice. However, his competitiveness can get the best of him at times when he does get noticeable frustrated after allowing a goal.

 

 

Jonathan Bernier's 2013-14 stats

Name W L OT SO SV% GAA
#45 Jonathan Bernier 2 1 0 0 .963 1.18

Jonathan Bernier's career vs Nashville

Name W L OT SO SV% GAA
#45 Jonathan Bernier 7 1 0 1 .932 1.88

(Photo by: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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