After scoring 42 points in 60 games with the London Knights in his final junior season, defender Julius Bergman unsurprisingly took a step back with the San Jose Barracuda this past season. He scored 11 points in 60 games with the ‘Cuda in his first professional season and will be back with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate this fall.
At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Bergman won’t be using a physical style of play to get by in the NHL. He probably needs to bulk up to be able to withstand the physical play of the NHL, but the key to success for Bergman is keeping up with the speed of the game at the highest level. He has good vision, is a solid skater and may become a great puck-moving defender for the Sharks in the future.
Evaluating defenders can be difficult, particularly given their varying development speeds. For now, Bergman needs at least another season, if not two, with the Barracuda before he’ll be ready to dip his toes in the water with the Sharks. With a full pro year under his belt, we’ll see if Bergman takes another step forward offensively with the ‘Cuda this season.
Name: Julius Bergman
Age (as of 10/12/16): 20
2015-16 Team: San Jose Barracuda
Where he’ll (probably) be next year: San Jose Barracuda
What we like: His vision and puck moving ability.
What to improve on: Bulking up so he can take hits to make more plays.
Since I (somehow) couldn’t find any goal highlights on these here Internets, you can listen to Bergman’s very solid english.