New York Islanders: Top 5 NHL Ready Prospects
At 24, it could be fair to state that Berube is already transitioning away from being a prospect. But with only seven NHL games under his belt, all of which occurred last season, he is still an inexperienced commodity.
Besides, 24 is not too young nor too old to start an NHL career.
Berube was drafted early in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Kings in 2009. He would play the next eight seasons in the AHL, ECHL, and QMJHL, in which he struggled throughout.
Just before last season, the Islanders scooped Berube from waivers and immediately sent him to the minors to backup Christopher Gibson on the Sound Tigers. But Berube would see a much bigger role than ever expected of him.
Towards the finale of the Islanders season, Berube played in seven games, fielding a record of 3-2-1 with a .914 save percentage.
During this time he proved himself to be an effective backup with a desirable work ethic as he was able to advance his play when the team needed him. He unexpectedly displayed poise, confidence and skill at a level many scouts likely deemed unreachable for a “low-end” keeper.
It was most likely due to this showing that Garth Snow resigned Berube to a one-year deal.
As it stands right now, Berube is third in the depth chart behind both Greiss and Halak. It has been hinted various times that the Islanders are seeking to dish Halak (and his $4 million cap-hit) to a new suitor.
The fact that this is a one-way deal insinuates that the Isles will be looking to trade Halak this summer. If New York succeeds, Berube’s backup position is all but confirmed.
Next: Adam Pelech