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.
Berube stopped 31 of 34 shots Friday, taking a 4-1 defeat against the Blues. Berube couldn't get the job done against St. Louis this time around. Granted, he got little help from an offense that barely tested the opposition, but either way, he's now conceded three or more goals in five straight games. He should only be used in extreme situations.
Berube made 31 saves on 34 shots in a 4-3 win over the Blues on Wednesday. This counts as a relatively good outing for Berube, as he came into this game with a 3.84 GAA and .893 save percentage. Additionally, this is the 26-year-old's first win in seven outings. The goaltending situation in Chicago has been a mess since Corey Crawford got hurt, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Berube elsewhere after this season ends.
Berube will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against St. Louis, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports. Berube has struggled in limited action this season, compiling a 2-5-1 record while posting an ugly 3.93 GAA and .891 save percentage in 11 appearances. The 26-year-old netminder will hope to get on track in a road matchup with a slumping Blues team that's lost three consecutive games.
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