The Edmonton Oilers are changing the guard in goal this summer but if things work out as Laurent Brossoit hopes, it won’t be a clean sweep. Brossoit, who missed being the first modern Oil King to play for the Oilers (David Musil beat him by a few days), was stunning in his NHL debut and left a very good impression on everyone: 1GP, 2.00 .961. THAT is a stunning line any time, but for an NHL debut? Get outta here. Laurent Brossoit stepped into the best league in the world and stoned a good offensive team for most of the night.
We knew it was going to be an interesting season in 2014-15 for Brossoit because he was projected to get significant work in Oklahoma City (with Richard Bachman). He also brought a new maturity to his approach:
- 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
BARONS GOALTENDING 2014-15
This is a terrific line for Brossoit, his save percentage during the regular season matched the veteran and his four shutouts are also a nice number. Combined with his NHL debut, I think it’s fair to suggest that no AHL player did more to further his NHL cause a year ago than did Laurent Brossoit. He finished inside the AHL’s top 20 in save percentage during his first full season in the league, which compares well to Devan Dubnyk’s first AHL season. I had his RE at .902 so am well pleased with the performance.
LAURENT BROSSOIT OKC RE 15-16: 55GP, 2.50 .922
LAURENT BROSSOIT RE 15-16: 3GP, 2.70 .909
- Is he a legit option for future No. 1? Yes, absolutely. He’s still in his entry-level deal and followed up a quality ECHL season (.922 SP in Bakersfield) with another one in the AHL (.918SP in OKC). This after a quality junior career. Laurent Brossoit is bona fide.
- Should he get several games in the NHL this season? It depends on how the year goes. He might not play at all in Edmonton if Cam Talbot grabs the job, or Ben Scrivens recovers, or both. And of course there’s the new goalie Nilsson to keep in mind.
- Is his progress surprising? On some level, yes. Brossoit was not a high draft pick (No. 164 overall in 2011) and despite a strong junior career I don’t think most people felt he’d progress this handsomely.
- Who are the best goalies from the 2011 draft? John Gibson, Magnus Hellberg, Anton Forsberg, Nathan Lieuwen and Scott Wilson have all played NHL games, Gibson is the top prospect. Brossoit is in there somewhere.
- Did MacT win the Smid trade? God yes.
- Would you be surprised to see Brossoit play more than the three NHL games you have projected? Yes. I think Talbot will secure the top job and the battle is between Scrivens and Nilsson for the backup job. Brossoit may be the future, but he’s the final option for NHL backup and that won’t change no matter his TC performance.
- If you had to pick one Oilers’ prospect goalie, aside from Brossoit, to bet on playing in the NHL, who would it be? Anders Nilsson.
- He’s not a prospect. Zach Nagelvoort. But it’s all voodoo.