2015-16 Season: JF Berube wasn't an Islander until Oct. 6 last year, getting claimed off waivers three days before the start of the season, due in large part to a preseason injury to Jaroslav Halak.
Berube saw his first NHL game action on Oct. 10 in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, but the young goalie impressed the Islanders' brass enough to stick around for the season. As the third goalie on the depth chart, Berube's playing time was infrequent, with the Islanderssending him down to Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment to keep fresh.
After dominating his conditioning stint (4-0, 0.97 GAA, .967 SV%, 1 SO) in Bridgeport, Berube picked up his first career win on Feb. 2, making 40 saves against the Minnesota Wild. Berube finished the season with a 3-2-1 record with a 2.71 GAA and a .914 SV%
Berube signed a one-year deal to remain with the Islanders on July 5.
Highlight Reel Moment: JF Berube wins Islanders Save of the Year with stop against Ottawa. (Mar. 23, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Berube found himself in goalie limbo last season. He’d proven himself in the American League, winning a Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15 and torching the league in five games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The trouble was that the Islanders had two goalies ahead of him on the depth chart and three goalies divided by one net does not equal a lot of playing time.
Still, Berube handled the situation like a pro, working hard in practice and playing well when he had his chances. The Islanders are clearly interested in Berube - inking him to a one-way contract - but currently have three goalies, so Berube's situation looks and feels a lot like last years.