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Next Islander review – Bruno Gervais #8

By Gary Harding

Stats from the Islanders Site:

71GP (career high) 3G, 14A, 17P, -17, 31PIM, 1PPG, 1GWG, 83Shots, 3.6%

The Islanders version of Jekyl and Hyde.  There are some games, where the Longueuil, QC, native was outstanding and was making strides to be a much better NHL defenseman.   Then – Mr. Hyde showed up, and made his presence felt, leaving many a fan looking for a quick kill.

The problem is – when a player usually has one of these blips, it is usually a short term thing, and then their game returns.  For Bruno, I think his last name should have been Tonioli (as in Dancing with the Stars host).

As far as a representative of the team, there are few better.  He is involved, seems to love the Island, and represents the team so respectfully and with a great character.  If that could relate to points on the scoresheet, please, get us some more of that.  But we all know that it is not the case.

It seems that the issue with the number 8 player on the scorecard has always been consistency.  Sometimes when you see him coming up the defensive zone, you want to push his stick and say to get that puck upto the rushing forward.  Also – there is no surprise among the thousands in attendance, as to his intentions.

That is the main topic of his game that needs work, is the consistency factor, because there is instances where you shake your head and say how much improved, Bruno can be.  Then there are times where you shake your head and say how far back he has gone in his development.  If he wants to move up to the next grouping of an NHL defenseman, he needs to take Mr. Hyde and shove him to the curb.

I give him a C- this year.  He really needs to move up the echelon, and working on his consistent play should be his primary focus.

Next review – #12 – Josh Bailey