OILERS NO. 6 PROSPECT (winter 2015): LAURENT BROSSOIT

On the night of November 30, 2013, Laurent Brossoit stopped 30 of 31 shots and backstopped the Oklahoma City Barons to a win. Since that night, he has been the great goalie hope for an organization—and there’s good reason to believe—that has consistently shown an inability to grow their own goalies. In over 70 AHL games and one in the NHL as a member of the Edmonton organization, Brossoit has supplied consistent play in a position of extreme weakness. We are likely less than a full year away from his NHL ascension.

PREVIOUSLY NO. 6 ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2004: R Colin McDonald (140 NHL games)
  • December 2005: D Matt Greene (589 NHL games)
  • December 2006: D Tom Gilbert (612 NHL games)
  • December 2007: C Kyle Brodziak (641 NHL games)
  • December 2008: L Liam Reddox (100 NHL games)
  • December 2009: L Linus Omark (79 NHL games)
  • December 2010: L Curtis Hamilton (1 NHL game)
  • December 2011: G Tyler Bunz (1 NHL game)
  • December 2012: D Martin Gernat
  • December 2013: C Bogdan Yakimov (1 NHL game)
  • December 2014: R Greg Chase

This is an interesting view of the last 10 years, and includes some good players taken outside the first round. Greene, Gilbert and Brodziak have enjoyed solid careers and Colin McDonald took forever to get there but he grabbed two seasons worth of NHL pay, too. Later seasons and into this decade sees disappointment or ‘too soon to know’ prospects, some fun players (Reddox, Omark) in the group in later years.

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  • The Scouting Report: Brossoit is a guy that has all the athletic qualities to be a quality NHL goalie. He is big, strong, quick, and agile. He has a long reach and is able to extend his body to take up a good portion of the net. Playing for an Edmonton team that was woeful in its own end didn’t help him statistically as he faced numerous high difficulty scoring chances on a nightly basis. His weakness is that he can be susceptible to letting in soft goals when he loses his mental focus.
  • NHL Scout via Guy Flaming:  “Of the goalies this year I think Brossoit has the most potential because of his size and his athleticism. But he’s really raw.”
  • Kirk Luedeke: Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit is another big, athletic netminder with upside. Though we’ll admit we’re not sure how he leapfrogged the aforementioned Liston, Matovsky and Honzik. And based on what we’ve been told from NHL scouts out west, they’re not sure about Central’s reasoning either.

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SOME TIME DURING 2013-14…

  • Laurent Brossoit: “I simplified my game. I used to think that the harder I worked and the harder I moved, the harder it is to score on me. But I’ve kind of learned through all of the goalie coaches I’ve been fortunate enough to have been coached by that I am big enough so the less I do is more. The more positionally sound I am and the more calm, cool and collected I am the harder it will be to beat me.” Source

Since the 2013-14 season and the ‘simplification’ of his game, Brossoit’s yearly SP’s have been .918 (53 AHL games in 2014-15); .941 (10 AHL games in 2015-16) and he stopped 49 of 51 in his NHL debut against Todd McLellan’s San Jose Sharks in 2014-15.

PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Winter 2013: 23
  • Summer 2014: 20
  • Winter 2014: 16
  • Summer 2015: 11
  • Winter 2015: 6

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  • Laurent Brossoit: “It’s exciting to be that guy of that age who could be the next guy coming up, somebody they can look forward to seeing. It’s nice to be in this organization where they can show me the ropes and develop me how they want.” Source

2015-16

  • San Jose Barracudas Head Coach Roy Sommer: “He’s really calm and finds pucks and there’s no rebounds. We had a couple of good boom-boom chances, but couldn’t get them to go.Source
  • Scott Lewis, Sportsnet: Brossoit is no panacea, but he’s the closest thing to an NHL-ready goaltender they have in the system. The 22-year-old was absolutely brilliant in his first and only NHL start with the Oilers last season. Source
  • Laurent Brossoit: “I’d like to think that there are no gaping holes in my game. I’m just looking to improve on the little details here and there and make as many saves as possible. It’s just a percentage game and I guess, if you wanted to put a title on it, you’d call me a butterfly goalie, but I’d like to think that my movement with my feet and staying in position is my biggest asset, as well as my athleticism to make the big saves that other goalies can’t.” Source
  • Lowetide: John Gibson, Magnus Hellberg, Anton Forsberg, Nathan Lieuwen and Scott Wilson have all played NHL games (from the 2011 draft), Gibson is the top prospect. Brossoit is in there somewhere. Source

BROSSOIT AS AN AHL PLAYER

  • Age 20 (2013-14) 10GP, 3.99 .876
  • Age 21 (2014-15) 53GP, 2.56 .918
  • Age 22 (2015-16) 10GP, 1.97 .941

Most of the online minor league sources for goalies I’ve read are actually crazier than the position itself, so there doesn’t appear to be a credible source to ask Erin’s question. It is an interesting idea, and Brossoit’s save percentage has him tied for No. 1 in the world’s best minor league.

THE FUTURE

The Oilers don’t have to make a decision on Brossoit this or next season, if I’m reading the CBA (Article 13, 13.1-13.4) correctly it’s four years after turning pro that waivers hit for the goalies. My thanks to speeds and Bruce McCurdy for identifying this information.

It may not come to that, Brossoit could force his way onto the roster later this season of fall 2016. Goalies are extremely difficult to project, so making any kind of strong statements about arrival, workload or performance levels seems inadvisable. He has 10 fingers and toes, knows how to put the equipment on and the video suggests he’s bona fide. After that, the answer is blowing in the wind.

One area that may give Brossoit an edge over one of Talbot or Nilsson next season? Contract and cap hit. His base salary is less than $700,000 according to NHL Numbers, meaning he can be renewed next year at well under a million. Source

 

THE 2011 DRAFT

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, No. 1 overall. Splendid player improving again this year. Graduated.
  • Oscar Klefbom, No. 19 overall. Top 4D with close to complete skill set. Graduated.
  • David Musil, No. 31 overall. Smart D, it comes down to foot speed. A candidate the Winter Top 20.
  • Samu Perhonen, No. 63 overall. Big goalie back in Finland. No longer in organization.
  • Travis Ewanyk, No. 74 overall. Tough as nails checking C now in Ottawa organization.
  • Dillon Simpson, No. 92 overall. Defensive D injured most of the fall. Candidate for Winter Top 20.
  • Tobias Rieder, No. 114 overall. Scouting home run, he’s in the NHL. No longer in organization.
  • Martin Gernat, No. 122 overall. Appears to be in the final year with the organization. Not a Candidate at this time for Winter Top 20.
  • Laurent Brossoit, No. 164 overall. Flames draft pick acquired in Ladislav Smid salary dump.Has progressed very well as an Oilers prospect. No. 6 prospect, Winter Top 20.
  • Frans Tuohimaa, No. 182 overall. Playing well in the Swedish-1 league. No longer in organization.

The 2011 draft is in its fifth year and we appear to have it surrounded. Nuge and Klefbom should be major pieces of the future and Rieder looks like a helluva player, although not in Edmonton. Musil, Simpson and Gernat are in the AHL and working toward their future levels, I’d guess Musil has the best chance of an NHL career and Gernat may well be out of the organization come the spring. Brossoit of course isn’t from the Oilers draft but could become a useful player and lessen the Rieder blow.

The scouts delivered in the first round (Nuge, Klefbom) and added a Rieder kicker. Stu MacGregor is down the line so it doesn’t matter now, but the scouting group did find some value outside round one in 2011. Not signing Tobias Rieder was the final failure of the Steve Tambellini era and there’s little doubt the current Oilers could find room for him. He is especially effective on the penalty kill, something not lost on this fan in what is quickly becoming a century of ironies.

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37 Responses to "OILERS NO. 6 PROSPECT (winter 2015): LAURENT BROSSOIT"

  1. Pouzar says:

    Only #6? 😛

  2. Philosophil says:

    everyone in Edmonton has (or should have) “saw him good” with the Oil Kings. his timing is solid to be part of The Next Generation – Oilers Edition.
    Still no credence to the myth of Oiler love for Oil Kings, but the thought of LB and Griffin Reinhardt reunited is the beginning…if only Mitch Moroz can find a fourth line role in time.

    I have an ear worm that needs exercising. From The Clash – Combat Rock – “i thought i saw Laurent Brossoit/In a car jam”

    *feels shame and reaches for Lagavulin*

    ps Must say, the targeted ads that frame the website – Victoria’s Secret..all good.’enough said…

  3. Wonder Llama says:

    Philosophil,

    Hey fellas – hey fellas, Laurent Brossoit!

    You should feel no shame whatsoever.

    P.S. I posted that a month or two ago, in a net jam!

  4. Oddspell says:

    Philosophil,

    I remember watching the Oil Kings beat the Winterhawks to go to the Memorial Cup the first time around. It was around then when I thought to myself “Why does he have to be a Flame?!”.

    When the Smid trade went down, getting Brossoit made it bearable.

  5. JDï™ says:

    The McDavid Young Stars Team

    I hope that name doesn’t stick.

  6. square_wheels says:

    Anyone else enjoy Coaches Corner for once ? Watching slo-mo of Fisher punching out Bieksa’s tooth…..AND he gets to go home to Carrie Underwood, damn.

  7. blainer says:

    Pouzar:
    Only #6?

    Agreed. Tough competition though..

  8. GCW_69 says:

    Philosophil: ps Must say, the targeted ads that frame the website – Victoria’s Secret..all good.’enough said…

    I get Subway. I like yours better.

  9. blainer says:

    Wonder what it will take to get LB recalled… 12 shutouts in a row !!

    Waiver problems with the current goalies and players.. plus the wasted roster spot make it difficult.

    To me Broissoit is the single most important healthy prospect Not playing for the oilers.

  10. GCW_69 says:

    It will be interesting to see how the next 2-3 months go for LB. If he keeps this up, he will force himself on to the roster provided Talbot keeps stumbling.

    Oh, if only Ference wasn’t jamming up a roster spot which would make it easier to bring LB up for a trail run.

  11. Pouzar says:

    blainer:
    Wonder what it will take to get LB recalled… 12 shutouts in a row !!

    Waiver problems with the current goalies and players.. plus the wasted roster spot make it difficult.

    To me Broissoit is the single most important healthy prospect Not playing for the oilers.

    Do you think Lowetidians hate us yet? 🙂

  12. Atc-Nate says:

    Talbot is going nowhere. If you watched his focus, rebound control and movement in the first few games and TC, it was extraordinary. He simply needs to grow his confidence after that Flames game.

  13. blainer says:

    Pouzar: Do you think Lowetidians hate us yet?

    Na .. I like his order as well and like Sleppy too just LB has just been on fire in a position of serious weakness.

    Not overly interested in what Friedman had to say about ebs in a package for Hamonic.
    While his stats look good even against the west I am very wary of D moving from east to west.
    Fayne

    Gryba

    Sekera with the exception of a small sample of LA

    Hamilton..the list goes on..

    Also while I am big fan of Petry I do wonder if he would be putting up the same numbers in the west..

    Just sayin..

  14. vishcosity says:

    https://www.rt.com/news/322698-people-change-decisions-study/

    An article on confirmation bias. I had a smart assed comment all written then devoured.

    The crux: Bringing up LB into a potentially still problematic situation may best be saved for an entirely other season. (Despite the perceived glory of b2b wins, I’m not yet convinced this is anything but a tire fire still able to consume yet another goaler prospect.)

  15. AsiaOil says:

    I like LB – but temper the expectations – he’s likely a high-end backup to low level starter. The guy will probably have a career though. But for Pete’s sake – leave him alone to work on a 2nd year carrying a starter load. Nothing says Oilers more than rushing a guy instead of insuring proper development and he’s the clear #1 in Bakersfield.

  16. Samson Loveblast says:

    Calgary and fans will never live it down if this guy emerges as a quality starter.

  17. flyfish1168 says:

    Samson Loveblast:
    Calgary and fans will never live it down if this guy emerges as a quality starter.

    I cheer for him to become our starter and shut out the F%!^* Phlegms every time he plays against them.

  18. Khlhfs says:

    AsiaOil,

    How do you know he’s a high-end backup to low level starter? What are you basing that off of?

  19. hunter1909 says:

    NAIL YAKUPOV:

    Yaks has a good +/- this season.

    Yaks hits, to go with his scoring.

    Yaks is turning into a hella third line player.

  20. hunter1909 says:

    ON NAIL YAKUPOV:

    When Yaks isn’t scoring, or hitting with a good +/- rating like an elite third line NHLer

    Yaks sits in on generational player McDavid’s line and helps dominate the NHL.

  21. hunter1909 says:

    Can Yakupov get offered a 2 year extension at say, 4 million?

    That might keep costs down.

  22. Soup Fascist says:

    Khlhfs:
    AsiaOil,

    How do you know he’s a high-end backup to low level starter? What are you basing that off of?

    Exactly. Not fair to the kid to say he is “can’t miss” but at the same time you can’t put a ceiling on him either. Goalies are voodoo / enigmas wrapped in a riddle / flakes – whatever cliche you want to use.

    Some come out of nowhere to become stars. Some have unbelievable pedigree and one day find themselves out of hockey after a few years without making a blip.

    Let the kid develop, cross your fingers, say a prayer and enjoy the ride.

  23. AsiaOil says:

    Based on his physical and mental tools, technique and development trajectory. The guy played WHL and now AHL so there is a record to look at and years of visuals. He’s developing well but nothing shouts top end starter. Quality backup or maybe 1B is likely top end – but yes – you can never predict these things irrespective of what my esteemed colleague G Money suggests 🙂

    It’s only my opinion – but my calls WRT our goaltenders have been pretty decent. I wanted Anderson from Ottawa this year and/or Bernier. The old guy is having another fine season and he was just what we needed – but Bernier is getting the Dubnyk treatment in TOR with their brilliant management spending their summer telling their starter just how little they think of him. That type of challenge has proven to work so well over the years with goalies. Somebody is going to get a good goalie for nothing if they acquire the guy and get him sorted out over the summer.

    Khlhfs:
    AsiaOil,

    How do you know he’s a high-end backup to low level starter? What are you basing that off of?

  24. Lackadaisical says:

    hunter1909,

    You really need to form a complete thought, and THEN post bud.

    Alternatively, edits exist.

  25. v4ance says:

    flyfish1168: I cheer for him to become our starter and shut out the F%!^*Phlegms every time he plays against them.

    Funny enough, the Flames could really use LB right now.

    http://flamesnation.ca/2015/11/22/kevin-poulin-hurt-in-stockton-heat-victory

    Ramo and Ortio are having career bad years and Hiller is about to come back off IR but his performances have been bad too. Gilles is day to day and the recently acquired Kevin Poulin just went down as well.

    Is it mean to offer Scrivens to the Flames for a 5th rounder? Mean to Scrivens or mean to the Flames?

    Hmmm…. a schadenfreude mobius circle…

  26. edwards_daddy says:

    hunter1909,

    Hunter1909 has fallen head over heals in love with this team.
    He’s like an excited schoolboy in the week before Christmas.

    After years of grouchy old man – it’s a thing of lowetidian blog beauty.

  27. PhrankLee says:

    The shame about LB is that we will not see him barring a major injury and an implosion of the Scrivens variety.

    They have to straighten Talbot out. No choice. And he will get the rope and road he needs to do it.

    If Talbot or Nillson get hurt or go full Scriv we will not be seeing LB but BS.

    Scrivens will get the call first.

  28. sliderule says:

    Rieder led the ohl in penalty kill goals so it should have been obvious to management that he was a great penalty killer.
    The oiler management of that day were always looking for a Buchberger type so traded for Kessy.

  29. blainer says:

    AsiaOil:
    I like LB – but temper the expectations – he’s likely a high-end backup to low level starter. The guy will probably have a career though. But for Pete’s sake – leave him alone to work on a 2nd year carrying a starter load. Nothing says Oilers more than rushing a guy instead of insuring proper development and he’s the clear #1 in Bakersfield.

    Got to disagree with you here Asia. A lot of people here said the same things about Drai and Nurse. He will not have been rushed. He is 22 years old and has had great success in junior and the A last year.
    The word you use is LIKELY a high end back up!! this is just the problem we don’t know.

    Calling him up for a two game cameo to see how he does is NOT gonna hurt his development. This argument is foolish. He can be told you’re not ready and now you know what to work on.

    Again his NHL sample size is small but 961%.

    Goaltending is the number one reason we keep losing and we have the best goaler outside of the NHL and we are not playing him.. Total mismanagement ..IMO

  30. Kmart99 says:

    Having Nilsson, Talbot, and LB is encouraging.
    This year’s results are not overly encouraging from Talbot, but the dip in his play is common, and a bounce back is extremely likely.

    I’m very happy with the bets made on these three, and fully expect one of them to rise to the occasion and start posting consistent nbrs for the Oilers.

  31. frjohnk says:

    hunter1909:
    Can Yakupov get offered a 2 year extension at say, 4 million?

    That might keep costs down.

    Just looking at Nails draft year. Nobody is really running away with “best player”.

    Nail Yakupov 11 points in 20 game. looked good with McDavid. Struggled to score without.
    Ryan Murray finally healthy. 10 points in 20 games.
    Alex Galchenyuk 2 goals 11 points in 21 games. Struggling this year.
    Griffin Reinhart Struggling to stay in line up.
    Morgan Rielly Playing tough competition and doing well. 12 points in 20 games. Best player?
    Hampus Lindholm playing tough competition. Doing OK. 6 points in 20 games but -7.
    Mathew Dumba 5 points in 19 games. Doing OK.
    Derrick Pouliot in minors.
    Jacob Trouba 3 points in 21 games. Reports out of Winnipeg are that he is struggling this year.
    Slater Koekkoek minors
    Filip Forsberg 2 goals 11 points in 19 games. Doing OK, but step back from last year.
    Mikhail Grigorenko minors
    Radek Faksa 2 points in 14 games with Dallas. Now in minors
    Zemgus Girgensons 2 points in 17 games. Struggling this year
    Cody Ceci 4 points in 20 games. Can be a tire fire defensively
    Tom Wilson 0 goals, 4 points in 17 games. Does not look to have much offense
    Tomas Hertl 2 goals 9 points in 20 games. Playing mostly with Marleau and Ward
    Teuvo Teravainen 9 points in 18 games. Playing with Toews
    Andrei Vasilevskiy sick earlier this year. .929 in 4 games
    Scott Laughton 6 points in 20 games
    Mark Jankowski in college
    Olli Maatta illness and injuries have hurt this kid. Has done Ok when playing. 4 points in 18 games.
    Michael Matheson in minors
    Malcolm Subban getting lit up in the minors. .847 in 6 games
    Jordan Schmaltz in minors
    Brendan Gaunce in minors
    Henrik Samuelsson in minors
    Brady Skjei in minors
    Stefan Matteau 0 points in 7 games
    Tanner Pearson 3 goals 11 points in 19 games.

    Still early in the race, but it looks like Reilly and Forsberg ( based on last years play) would be the front runners. , Murray has covered some ground this year and with Dumba, Lindholm, Trouba, Maata as D men, they are not be too far behind. Yak, Pearson, Hertl, Teravainen, Galchenyk are in the forward crew just behind the front runners. And we shouldn’t forget about what a healthy Vasilevskiy could turn into.

    This is looking like an incredibly weak draft in the first round.

  32. Pouzar says:

    AsiaOil: Based on his physical and mental tools, technique and development trajectory.

    I can tell you for a fact his technique won’t be holding him back. I’ve watched him live now and about 80% of his regular season/playoff games from last year. I have no idea what his mental fortitude is. And as far as his physical tools go, every scouting report raves about his athleticism.

  33. Atc-Nate says:

    FRJOHNK: Detail only, but Grigorenko is currently on Colorado’s roster, 1-7-8 through 17. Your point is correct though, nobody is emerging as a stud. I kinda like Dumba with his mean streak and the way he plays the game.

    Yak is likable and at 2nd on the Oilers in shots, he should see some rise in production, he just has to keep doing the right things. Oh. And McDavid.

  34. bringbackslats says:

    Technically Mr. Graham is likely correct about LB being the first former Oil King to play for the Oilers but that’s only the Oilers as an NHL franchise. Former Oil King Captain and Mem Cup member Bob Falky Falkenberg played for the WHA franchise donning the first edition of the Oilers in Orange jerseys. I’m not sure if he’d be the only one though. Possibly Sather himself did it too?
    LT you know that history as well as anyone!? We’re there any more?

  35. Lowetide says:

    bringbackslats:
    Technically Mr. Graham is likely correct about LB being the first former Oil King to play for the Oilers but that’s only the Oilers as an NHL franchise. Former Oil King Captain and Mem Cup member Bob Falky Falkenberg played for the WHA franchise donning the first edition of the Oilers in Orange jerseys. I’m not sure if he’d be the only one though. Possibly Sather himself did it too?
    LT you know that history as well as anyone!? We’re there any more?

    Oh yes, for sure. The first WHA Oilers team was drunk with Oil Kings, notably Allan Hamilton.
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0003291973.html

  36. bringbackslats says:

    Lowetide,

    Al Hamilton… Of course. Thanks for that. So none of them played a lick once the team turned NHL?

  37. AsiaOil says:

    Where were Drai and Nurse drafted?

    Where was LB drafted?

    Why do you think this occurred?

    Ignoring the above and years of visuals and instead focusing on 11 AHL games this season and a sample of 1 NHL game …….OK fine………whatever works for you. Watch the kid play – how about that? He’s developing nicely but he’s not Cary Price. Maybe Jake Allen as a top end but Allen spent 4 years in the AHL before coming in as a backup/1B. LB has lots left to learn in the AHL this year and even next – and he’s not solving any problems in EDM.

    blainer: Got to disagree with you here Asia. A lot of people here said the same things about Drai and Nurse. He will not have been rushed. He is 22 years old and has had great success in junior and the A last year.

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