Bergeron is one of only five NHL players in 2012-13 with at least a plus-15 rating, 25-plus points and 85-plus shots on goal, putting him in the elite company of Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jonathan Toews. Bergeron has posted a positive rating in 17 of his 31 games this season, tied for the second-most in the NHL behind only Pascal Dupuis (19).
SOG: 85 | +/-: 21
Bergeron, selected on average with the 114th overall pick in Yahoo! leagues, has the highest combined rating (plus-77) of any forward in the League spanning the last three seasons. Monday was the latest example of his diverse fantasy game, as he tallied a goal, two PIMs and three shots on goal in a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Plain and simple, Bergeron is an elite two-way forward in his prime that hasn't seen a single-season pointless drought of more than three games since the 2010-11 campaign.
His injury history can't be used against his fantasy value anymore either, as Bergeron hasn't missed a game this season and was only sidelined for three games over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons combined. Boston sported a top-5 goal differential in each of the past two seasons, meaning it wouldn't have been crazy to anticipate that Bergeron could post the plus-21 rating (T-3rd in NHL) that he has in 31 games to date in 2012-13.
At this point, fantasy owners are latched onto Bergeron for the stretch run and will be unlikely to deal him at such a crucial juncture of the season. But it's worth taking note of his well-established prowess for future fantasy consideration. Barring injury, he should never slip outside the top-100 overall in drafts moving forward.