Berube was placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment Wednesday. Berube's experience (34 NHL games) could see him snagged by another club to bolster its backup situation. If the netminder clears, however, he will be reassigned to AHL Cleveland, where he figures to split starts with Matiss Kivlenieks (undisclosed).
Berube stopped 14 of 15 shots during two periods in a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. The 27-year-old did well in his 40 minutes of playing time, which is exactly what he needs to do in order to earn an NHL roster spot. Berube has always shown promise, but he owns a 3.39 GAA and .898 save percentage in 34 NHL appearances. Berube will have to continue shining to beat out Joonas Korpisalo for the No. 2 netminder job with the Blue Jackets.
Berube is projected to start for the Blue Jackets in their preseason home tilt versus the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Berube's name was listed above Joseph Raaymakers' on the projected lineup, which suggests that the former will lead his team out to the ice. The 27-year-old has a 3.39 GAA and .898 save percentage after 34 appearances between the Islanders and Blackhawks, making it clear that he has serious work to do in order to garner a substantial role at the top level and earn a fantasy owner's trust.
Berube was brought in from Chicago by the Blue Jackets on Wednesday in a swap for Jordan Schroeder. Berube joins a crowded competition for the backup job that includes Joonas Korpisalo and Matiss Kivlenieks. The move likely means the club won't re-sign veteran Jeff Zatkoff when free agency kicks off July 1. The 26-year-old Berube split time between the NHL and AHL last season (15 games with the Monsters and 13 in Chicago). Where he starts the 2018-19 campaign will likely be decided during training camp.
Berube was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Sunday. Overall, Berube's NHL season wasn't flattering with a .894 save percentage and 3-6-1 record in 13 outings. However, he showed flashes of becoming a formidable backup, as the 26-year-old highlighted his season with two wins of over 30 saves. Berube will be eligible for the Calder Cup Playoffs if AHL Rockford clinches a spot.
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