Bruno Gervais has always been one of the players on the Isles roster that has given his free time to charity and/or social events while also being very vocal and outgoing with the fans. However, after not scoring a goal in 100+ games and at times looking out of position and frustrated on the ice, Gervais was becoming a question mark for the Isles future on the blue line.
If you asked me two months ago to choose between Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais, I would have said let Gervais go since Campoli already had shown the potential and ability to be a scoring, reliable defense-man on the back end. But after watching him play the past few weeks, it seems that Garth Snow may have made the right move in listening to Chris' request to be traded as Gervais has suddenly turned his game around.
A lot of that has to do with him being paired with all-star defense-man Mark Streit. It's impossible to deny that Streit's talent from the point and ability to play defense that matches his offensive instincts has rubbed off on Bruno. As a result, he's scored two goals since the trade deadline and is getting involved in 2 on 1 rushes and break-aways. Remember we're still talking about a defense-man that seemed to be lost in his own end a few months ago. Now he's creating opportunities for himself and playing with a new mentality.
Overall, it's encouraging to see players like Gervais, Okposo, Bergenheim, and others growing into the players we want to see. It's even more encouraging to see that they have yet to reach their full potential. Snow and Gordon have been successfully evaluating their team as the season progresses, removing the bad-apple veterans and youngsters as well. For me, that leaves a lot of speculation for what they'll do at the draft and over the off-season, which is something I will address in another blog in the future.
But for now, for the first time in years it seems that this team is heading in the right direction, and it's not easy to say that about a team that is looking at finishing dead last in the league. Once this season is over and everyone has their fun watching playoff hockey, the Isles and their fans will have a lot to look forward to at the start of the 2009-10 season.