The day Craig MacTavish took over as GM, everyone knew his task for improvement at the NHL and amateur procurement level involved building up the middle. He drafted Darnell Nurse for the blue and Leon Draisaitl plus Bogdan Yakimov for center. In goal? It’s been a slower process with mid-season acquisition (from last year) Laurent Brossoit leading the way.
PREVIOUSLY NUMBER SIXTEEN ON THE LIST
- December 2004: L Brock Radunske (0)
- December 2005: L Slava Trukhno (0)
- December 2006: D Theo Peckham (160)
- December 2007: D Mathieu Roy (66)
- December 2008: L Teemu Hartikainen (52)
- December 2009: L Toni Rajala (0)
- December 2010: D Taylor Chorney (61)
- December 2011: G Frans Tuohimaa (0)
- December 2012: G Olivier Roy (0)
- December 2013: R John McCarron (0)
This is what you should expect, the only player who played more than 100 games is Theo Peckham and he was a third-round pick 18 months earlier when ranked at No. 16. Oilers haven’t seen a goalie (aside from the twin peaks of DD and JDD) come through here successfully since Christ was a kid.
- 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.
PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING
- Winter 2013: 23
- Summer 2014: 20
- Winter 2014: 16
Brossoit is the Oilers top goaltending prospect, which is not the same as being an outstanding prospect. I do think he’s earning his ranking since arriving as an Oilers’ prospect. Bob Green could be an emerging name in the Oilers’ amateur scouting department and the Brossoit bullet has to look good on his resume. I have no idea if the young man can continue to post the good numbers but entering tonight’s action his .917SP with the Barons ranks him just outside the AHL Top 10 among goalies who have played 15 or more games.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING THIS SEASON
- 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
- 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
There’s no way to predict goalies, especially those without pedigree. For as much as we know about him, Brossoit does look like there’s some more room to grow and I’ll leave it at that because goalies are goalies.
The 2011 NHL Draft
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, No. 1 overall. Splendid young player and may be adding another gear in year four after his draft. Graduated.
- Oscar Klefbom, No. 19 overall. A big piece of Edmonton’s future on the blue line, Top 4D with an emphasis on defense. No.3 on the winter 20.
- David Musil, No. 31 overall. Smart defender, it comes down to foot speed. Candidate winter 20.
- Samu Perhonen, No. 63 overall. Big goalie hasn’t progressed. Back in Finland. Not in organization.
- Travis Ewanyk, No. 74 overall. Tough as nails checking C doesn’t bring offense. Candidate for winter 20.
- Dillon Simpson, No. 92 overall. Turned pro this season, impressing in OKC. No. 8 on the winter 20.
- Tobias Rieder, No. 114 overall. No longer in organization. Scouting home run, he’s in the NHL.
- Martin Gernat, No. 122 overall. A solid young prospect maturing in the AHL. No. 13 on the winter 20.
- Frans Tuohimaa, No. 182 overall. Prospect has shown some interesting progress. Candidate for winter 20.
- Laurent Brossoit, No. 164 overall. Flames draft pick acquired in Ladislav Smid salary dump. No. 16 on the winter 20.
The 2011 draft is in its fourth year and there are some promising things. Nuge and Klefbom appear to be major pieces of the future and Rieder looks like a helluva player. Dillon Simpson and Gernat have a chance—it’s highly unlikely both play 100 NHL games and very possible neither play 20—but Gernat certainly covers the bet involved in taking a player No. 122 overall. His range of skills and relative youth have him at No. 13 overall. Brossoit of course isn’t from the Oilers draft but will be competing with men like Tuohimaa and Zach Nagelvoort (and the Oilers will continue to add talent).