2008-09: Though he played behind Jake Allen (STL), already rather highly touted in his own right, Jean-Francois Berube caught the eyes of many despite his limited work. Playing in just 20 games with a record of 6-9, Berube posted a goals-against-average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .900.
2009-10: In 45 starts with the Juniors, Berube posted a 17-23 record, 3.03 GAA, .897 save percentage, and 1 shutout. He was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs when his QMJHL season was over and there posted a 2-1 record, 3.67 GAA, and .855 save percentage in 3 starts.
2010-11: Berube signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Los Angeles in May 2011 after a busy (and successful) third season in the QMJHL. Berube appeared in 50 games for the Montreal Juniors and his 32 wins were second-most in the league. He had three shutouts with a 2.60 GAA and .902 save percentage. Berube’s final mark of 32-15 included eight overtime losses as he kept the Juniors in the game on most nights. After finishing first in the West Division, Montreal advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Berube was 6-4 in the playoffs and had two shutouts with a 2.79 GAA and .901 save percentage.
2011-12: Berube attended camp with the Kings and made the jump to pro hockey as a 20-year-old – sharing the goaltending duties for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign with Winnipeg Jets prospect Chris Carrozzi. Berube was 17-17 with four losses coming in overtime and had 4 shutouts with a 2.87 goals against and .907 save percentage. The Reign finished first in the Pacific Division but were upset by Idaho in a tight, five-game first round playoff series. Berube played in four of five playoff games and was 1-2 with a 3.20 goals against and .878 save percentage.
2012-13: Berube played two AHL games with the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester, spending most of his second pro season with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. He appeared in one January game and one March contest with the Monarchs and was 0-2 with a 4.32 goals against and .870 save percentage. Berube split time with one-time Jets’ prospect Chris Carrozzi during the regular season for Ontario before starting all 10 playoff games for the Reign. He was 15-6-2 with 1 shutout and had a 2.24 goals against and .910 save percentage in 24 regular season games. Ontario reached the second round in the playoffs and Berube was 6-4 with 1 shutout; posting a 2.07 goals against and .914 save percentage.
J-F Berube caught the eyes of many despite his limited work in the past. The big butterfly goaltender is always square to the shooter and moves quickly between the pipes. In fact, some say the only real flaw this Quebec native has is the lack of playing time and exposure.
Berube started his career as a regular in the ECHL after struggling to find playing time in the AHL. However, with the departure of Chris Gibson and a solid season with the Reign, Berube could be able to fight his way into at least a backup role with the Monarchs in 2013-14.