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.
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.
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
"LB was outstanding. I'm happy for him with the way he played, but disappointed he didn't get the support in front of him." – Coach Nelson
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 10, 2015
- 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
— Darcy Seaton (@DarcySeatonCTV) October 10, 2015
- 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
I asked this during the game but didn't get any traction…. But would Brossoit be considered for the McDavid young stars team?
— MacGruboooooo (spooooooky) (@loxyisme) November 15, 2015
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 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
— Oilers Fans (@OilersViews) November 18, 2015
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.
— Hometown Media (@_HometownMedia_) April 10, 2015