For the purposes of keeping him playing during the Olympic Break, the Sharks assigned Steve Bernier to the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. It is expected that Bernier will return for the first Sharks practice when the Olympic break concludes.
Appearing in 13 games with the Sharks this season, Bernier has posted five points (1-4=5) and a +2 plus/minus rating. The rookie forward departs San Jose with a three-game assist streak intact (0-3=3) that happens to coincide with the Sharks three-game winning streak. He has been skating on a line with Patrick Marleau
, the NHL’s current player of the week.
With Cleveland this season, the first-year professional led the team with 42 points (19-23=42) at the time of his latest recall on Jan. 29 (now third-best on the team). Even with his time spent with the Sharks, those 42 points are seventh best among all AHL rookies.
The six-foot-two, 230-pound right wing from Quebec City, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the first round (16th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.