2007-08: In Jean-Sebastien Berube's second full season with the Royun-Noranda Huskies, he improved greatly on his totals from 2006-07, by scoring 12 goals and 12 assists in 64 games. Berube also accumulated 118 PIM's this year. He was then chosen by the Devils in the last round of the 2007-08 NHL draft.
2008-09: It was a good year of development for the 18-year-old Berube, as he was able to contribute in a variety of ways this season for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. While he didn't shatter any career highs statistically, he still showed slight improvement in most categories, including a team-leading 143 PIM's. In 64 games, he scored 15 goals and added 11 assists, to go along with a -8 plus/minus rating.
2009-10: The Matane native would play his final year in the QMJHL with Rouyn-Noranda, once more. Appearing in 64 games with the club, Berube would take a leap forward in his development, scoring 25 goals and adding 21 helpers. His production would slow into the post-season, only managing 3 points in 11 games.
2010-11: Berube finished the year as an effective energy line forward with AHL Albany after spending much of his first pro season in Trenton (ECHL). In 17 games with Albany, he had 2 assists and was -4 with 8 PMs. In 44 games with the ECHL Trenton Devils he scored 12 goals with 18 assists and was -5 with 84 PMs. Five of his 12 goals with the Trenton Devils were scored on the power play.
2011-12: Berube saw a bit more ice time at the AHL level in his second pro season – skating in 28 games for the Albany Devils while again shuttling between Albany and ECHL Trenton. He had 1 goal with 6 assists and was plus-six with 27 penalty minutes in a limited role for Albany. Berube was more of a scorer at the ECHL level – finishing with 5 goals and 11 assists in 17 games for Trenton with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-five plus/minus. Both Albany and Trenton missed the playoffs; finishing last in their respective divisions.
Berube has put on a lot of weight and filled out his frame since being drafted, which helps him play a more effective industrious, physical brand of hockey. He more than holds his own when dropping the gloves which adds another dimension to his style. Though he proved to have good finishing skills as a junior level player, that’s not his bread-and-butter, nor will it ever be.
Unfortunately, Berube was unable to carve out a full time spot in the AHL last season, again spending time both there and in the ECHL. Given the lack of wingers in the Devils system, this year could prove to be very important for Berube’s long-term future with the organization. His skill-set is limited, but given his physical-style of play, an eventual fourth line job at the NHL level isn’t completely out of the question.