A pair of 2015 Calder Cup champions were on the move Tuesday afternoon as National Hockey League teams started finalizing their rosters for the start of the 2015-16 season.
The New York Islanders claimed goaltender Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, and the New Jersey Devils acquired forward Brian O’Neill from the Kings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Berube, 24, led the American Hockey League with 37 wins last season and backstopped the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship. The Repentigny, Que., native posted a 37-9-4 record with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage during the regular season, and represented the Kings organization at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic.
In the playoffs, Berube was 13-3 (2.30, .898) in 17 appearances en route to the AHL’s top prize.
Entering his third professional season, Berube has played 105 career AHL games and owns a record of 67-29-6 with a 2.34 GAA, a .910 save percentage and five shutouts. He was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
O’Neill, 27, was the MVP of the American Hockey League in 2014-15, when he posted 22 goals and 58 assists for a league-leading 80 points in 71 games for Manchester. He was also named a Second Team AHL All-Star at right wing.
O’Neill added 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 19 postseason contests to help the Monarchs win the Calder Cup.
Entering his fourth pro season out of Yale University, the native of Yardley, Pa., has skated in 192 AHL games over his career, totaling 52 goals and 92 assists for 144 points, along with a cumulative plus-62 rating. O’Neill originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Los Angeles on Mar. 15, 2012.