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    Rangers Draft [LW] Brett Berard in 5th Rd. (134th) Pick

    Name: Brett Berard
    Position: LW
    Shoots: L
    Current Team: Providence (NCAA)


    Elite Prospects Profile: https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...0/brett-berard


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    HockeyDB.com Page: https://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/...php?pid=217360
    Team Player Page: https://friars.com/sports/mens-ice-h...tt-berard/5507

    Berard packs high-octane offensive talent into a 5-foot-9 package. He sees an opportunity to shoot, pass, or support, and he immediately acts. He's a dual-threat attacker with a bit of skill beyond the offence. He layers deception through false signals sent to the opposition with his eyes and through his body language. He works the puck through the defensive triangle.
    Link: https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe...0/brett-berard

    "That's when I got to go on the ice and practice with the team," said Brett, who will play at Providence in the fall. "There was no contact, of course, but I was able to skate some of the drills with them."

    Playing with bigger, faster players was an obvious help to young Brett's skills, but his immersion in his dad's program also gave him a hockey IQ well beyond his years.

    "Being a coach's son meant he came to the NTDP with a solid understanding about how to play the game of hockey," coach Seth Appert said.

    Though Berard's parents have been a boon to his career, there's one challenge he's had to face on his own, overcoming his diminutive stature. He didn't have far to look for a role model.

    "As an undersized guy, I'm trying to play like (5-9, 181-pound Boston Bruins forward) Brad Marchand," he said. "He doesn't take anything from anyone, no matter how big they are, and he's a great offensive player."
    Link: https://www.nhl.com/news/2020-nhl-dr...ey/c-315863022

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    I feel like this could end up a fun pick. Unfortunate that he'll likely be sitting out for a while but Providence has a solid program whenever they get going again. The Rangers have missed on a lot of would-be agitators in drafts over the years so fingers crossed Berard turns out to be the one. I think there are at least more skills here than some of other attempts i.e. Kovacs, Lakatos, etc.

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    Berard was a top scorer on the U.S. NTDP. He’s a very smart player offensively who can make high-end plays and create off the perimeter. I was very impressed by his skill level initially, although I felt the offensive consistency wasn’t there in the second half. Berard is competitive, shows no fear in engaging and can irritate the opposition. As a 5-foot-9 player with good but not great speed or skill, it’s fair to ask if he has enough in his toolkit to project into the NHL. His advocates would point out he’s a week away from being 2021 eligible and still had a good season.

    Seth Appert, coach of U.S. NTDP U18, on Berard: “He’s crafty, he’s smart. He developed an agitating style to his game. He goes to hard areas.”
    https://theathletic.com/2089328/2020...w-yorks-class/

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