Blue Jackets Acquire Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube For Veteran AHL Depth

By Rob Mixer on June 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm
Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stops a puck during one of his 13 appearances for the Chicago Blackhawks last season.
Dennis Wierzbicki – USA TODAY Sports

Behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo, the Blue Jackets need some help.

They have prospect Matiss Kivlenieks in Cleveland (AHL) as well as Ivan Kulbakov – the latter on an AHL-only deal – and this past season, veteran Jeff Zatkoff was there to lead the way. Zatkoff is an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is likely headed elsewhere, so the Blue Jackets had a hole to fill.

Jordan Schroeder, who signed a two-year deal with the Blue Jackets last July, was shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in exchange for Jean-Francois Berube. The second year of Schroeder's deal was one-way (NHL only), and with too many bottom-six forwards in the mix, it made sense to move Schroeder.

Berube has solid career AHL numbers – where he's spent the bulk of his professional career – but made 13 appearances in the NHL for the Blackhawks in 2017-18, going 3-6-1 in 10 starts. He made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders in 2015-16.

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