After a long audition, Laurent Brossoit is finally in a position to play an entire season in the NHL. The Oilers hired a veteran last year, which blocked Brossoit initially but the young goalie eventually pushed Jonas Gustavsson out of the league and established himself in the backup role. The window of opportunity for Brossoit may not be a big one, but it definitely starts now. (In the Clear).
LAURENT BROSSOIT 16-17: 8GP, 1.99 .928
LAURENT BROSSOIT 17-18: 16GP, 2.94 .907
- Do you think he keeps the job? That’s my guess, yes. The numbers I’m projecting aren’t overwhelming but the organization is going to give him a full shot.
- Do those numbers represent a good season? I’m projecting a couple of tough games, but that’s probably to be expected for a young goalie. The save percentage and GAA can go sideways in a hurry but I think he’ll recover. He did last season in Bakersfield after a tough run around Christmas.
- I think those numbers will get him replaced. Maybe, but my take is that management believes in him. Brossoit is going to get lit up a little during the season and I don’t think last year’s NHL numbers are indicative of his abilities.
- You should re-think these numbers. Perhaps a reminder about Edmonton’s recent backups. In 2015-16, while Cam Talbot posted a .917 save percentage, primary backup Anders Nilsson posted a .901SP. Last season, while Cam Talbot posted a .919 save percentage, primary backup Jonas Gustavsson posted a .878SP.
- Huh. Edmonton’s backups have been a drag on this team since Peter Chiarelli arrived, one of the main reasons why the starter has been in 79 percent of the team’s games.
- Why don’t they fix it? Nilsson was solid, Gustavsson was not, Brossoit has earned a chance. If LB can fill the role at an inexpensive price that’s one more problem solved. If he can’t, say hello to my new friend Nick Ellis.
- What about the trade deadline? Maybe, but Talbot is the starter and you’re going to run with your No. 1 goalie in the playoffs.
- Among the goalies currently in the organization or drafted who do you like the most? Bah, beyond Talbot? I don’t know. Goalies are difficult to project. Nick Ellis has been quality for a few consecutive seasons, I’ll go with him.
- Which junior goalie do you prefer? You’re asking the wrong guy. Stuart Skinner has been more consistent, so I’ll choose him. Wells had a fantastic year in 2016-17 though, so we’re just going to have to wait and see.
- What do you look for in a goalie? I am a devotee of save percentage and given a choice I’ll pick a goaltender who wins a lot of games and has a superior save percentage to the other goalies on his team.
- Cam Talbot is a free agent in 2019 summer. Who should the Oilers have in mind for No. 1 goalie 2019-20? Cam Talbot. There is no clear replacement yet, although that may change in the next two seasons. I’m of a mind you run your starter until he falters or someone takes over. There’s time, but my guess is Peter Chiarelli will be signing Talbot to an extension.
- What is Laurent Brossoit’s potential? Great question. He is a capable AHL starter and has a career NHL save percentage of .910. That’s shy for a modern starter but he could hang around for years in a backup role.
- Do we have enough of an NHL sample size? No, not at all. LB has played in only 14 NHL games, we need more evidence. I don’t think he is trending as a future NHL starter and at 24 has just secured a spot in the NHL as a backup.
- Does Peter Chiarelli like him? If he didn’t there would be a strong option for the backup job. I think the general manager recognizes that Brossoit is a significant option and the most proven available at this time. I don’t think there’s a shadow of a doubt he would replace him if LB struggles early in the season.
- Is this the final RE? No sir. We have one more goalie and a defender.
- You’ve milked this a long damned time. I always say ride that nag until it drops. Basically six weeks since I began the process with Connor McDavid.
- How many RE post? At least 48 by the time you see the summary on Monday. It’s a lot of fun to do.
- Why this song? Brossoit worked a hockey lifetime to get here and really it’s only beginning. He will need some luck but could be playing in the NHL for a long time. If he plays well in the backup role this season, maybe he gets a full chance at the starting job here or elsewhere. He is young enough to have a significant career if he performs well and things break right for him.