The San Jose Sharks called up rookie right wing Steve Bernier from Cleveland on Sunday.
Bernier, who is in his first year as a professional, is having a stellar season in the AHL, scoring at a rate of almost a point a game, and ranking fifth among all AHL rookies in scoring. For the season, he has posted 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points in 44 contests. He has also registered 33 penalty minutes.
Bernier made his Sharks debut earlier this season, appearing in five games and scoring his first career NHL goal. Yet, Bernier learned quickly that he had a lot to improve on if he wanted to return.
“You have to do everything faster, passing, shooting, making decisions,” said Bernier.
Even the AHL was a bit of an adjustment for the former high scoring winger in juniors. Yet, he has adjusted and his talents have shown enough to return him to San Jose.
“When I first went back to Cleveland, it was still hard, but since, I’ve been playing better,” said Bernier.
Bernier grabbed the two and a half hour flight to Dallas on Sunday morning and the Sharks can look forward to the energy of a recently recalled player on Monday night.
“When they called me, I was excited,” said Bernier. “I’m glad I get a practice in first.”
The Sharks did have an available roster spot, so there was no reciprocal assignment to Cleveland.
NEXT GAME San Jose plays in Dallas at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and the game will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.