The Vancouver Canucks have announced that the team has acquired forward Steve Bernier from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2010 and a third round pick in 2009.
"Steve Bernier is a highly regarded young player who's enjoyed success early in his
career," said Canucks GM Mike Gillis in a statement. "With his right-handed shot he will be a great addition to our top six forward group and an asset to our power play."
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Bernier is certainly an upgrade over what the Canucks had in his place, however, I'm not quite sold on him as a top-six forward. If he was of that quality, then why would the Sabres be dealing him for second and third round picks? The Sabres are still expected to trade a forward for a defenseman, so I guess they didn't like Bernier very much. The Quebec native needs to improve on his consistency, as well as utilize his size a lot more than he currently does.