Rangers fans already know that the 2020 draft will be something to remember after a historic first round. Getting Alexis Lafraniere (1st overall) and Brayden Schneider (19th overall) added to the already touted prospect pool. But did the Rangers really strike gold with their 5th round pick, Brett Berard?
If you watched the 2021 World Juniors and followed USA’s Gold Medal run, than you probably noticed the 5’9 ball of electricity shooting around the ice. That bolt was Brett Berard or as Ray Ferraro puts it, Buzzsaw Berard!
Buzzsaw is the Rangers 5th round (134th overall) pick out of Providence College/USNDT. The 5’9 feisty forward made a name for himself for his style of play. Berard plays an uptempo game on both sides of the ice causing disruption and chaos for his opponents. That’s exactly what fans saw as they watched the Buzzsaw play such an impactful role in helping the US secure the Gold Medal with a 2-0 upset against Canada.
Brett Berard’s game play wasn’t the only thing that’s impressive. His story to get to this point in his career has been incredible and a testament to his character and drive. In 2018 Berard was a 5’4 120lb afterthought to the National Development Program. He fought his way into the tryout and then earned a practice spot. From there, the rest is history. The Buzzsaw worked his way into becoming one of the best players in the program and was eventually drafted by the New York Rangers in 2020.
Berard still has an uphill battle to climb if he wants to become an NHL player. But Brett has always stepped up to the challenge and has dismissed any criticisms pertaining to his size. As a Rangers fan, it’s going to be fun to watch his further development and hopefully one day he will be wearing the red, white, and blue again…but this time not for the United States.