OIL KING LAURENT

Lowetide
November 09 2013 05:30PM

Laurent Brossoit is already famous in Edmonton. His three year run (2010-13) as starting goalie for the junior Oil Kings marked the golden era for the modern edition of the WHL team. Oiler fans would cheer for Brossoit, but in the back of their minds the knowledge that he was a Flames draft pick never left them. After last night's trade, Brossoit is a true copper and blue Oiler prospect. He joins a growing list of '2011-12 WHL champion Oil Kings' who are also in the Oiler prospect pipeline. Who is Laurent Brossoit?

(via Keegan Lowe twitter)

The 2011-12 Edmonton Oil Kings won the WHL championship and played in the Memorial Cup that spring. Through drafts and trades, the Edmonton Oilers own the rights to the following players:

  • D Martin Gernat (60, 9-46-55) a prospect in Oklahoma City
  • F Kristians Pelss (63, 28-22-50) prospect who passed away in tragic circumstances this summer
  • L Mitchell Moroz (66, 16-9-25) remains an Oil King and unsigned by Oilers
  • C Travis Ewanyk (11, 1-3-4) a prospect in Oklahoma City
  • G Laurent Brossoit (61, 2.47 .914) just acquired

The following season, Oil Kings would trade for David Musil and so the Oil King-Oiler relationship is a strong one. In the last couple of drafts, Edmonton has been connected closely with Griffin Reinhart and Curtis Lazar leading up to their turn (before selecting Nail Yakupov and Darnell Nurse, respectively).

ABOUT LAURENT.....

His last name is pronounced "BROSS-WAH" unless you're Don Cherry--and then you're on your own! Brossoit enjoyed two strong seasons in the WHL after being drafted and some of his back story suggests he may be good enough to play in the NHL.

He's 6' 3", 200 and turned 20 in March. I'd rate him as the best goalie prospect in the organization, and more important the Oilers clearly do (they just traded a capable NHL defenseman to get him).

What do people say about Brossoit?

  • Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun:The 20-year-old had an 88-34-13 record with the Oil Kings and was named WHL MVP two years ago when he took them to the Memorial Cup. Longterm, he’s by far the best player in the day’s dealings. But he isn’t now. And he’s not next year.
  • Christian Roatis, Flames Nation:One of Brossoit's greatest strengths is his agility which he uses particularly well when in trouble to scramble get back into position. It also allows him to make spectacular saves at times. That being said, Brossoit is prone to letting in soft goals now and then. Not only that, but - especially early in his career - one harmless looking goal would topple his confidence and affect his play the rest of the game. As mentioned, his mental toughness seems to have improved greatly over the course of his junior career and he should be ready to at least back-up in the AHL

  • Laurent Brossoit: "I was always told that the draft means a lot less than you'd think. I was happy to just be drafted and especially to such a great organization, and I didn't really care when I went, especially going in the sixth round, it made me want to prove to people that I was a steal and that I was worth more than a sixth round pick. I'm happy and flattered that people are saying that, but I'm hoping that I'm going to keep excelling and be even more successful than I have."

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

You know things are little crazy when the General Manager adds three goaltenders in one day. Ilya Bryzgalov will have the most immediate impact, and Chet Pickard has the better draft pedigree, but Laurent Brossoit has the best chance of the three long term to impact the organization.

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#1 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 05:39PM
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Poise!

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#2 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 09 2013, 05:41PM
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Hopefully he doesnt turn out to be a dud. What the Oilers need, whether it be tomorrow or four years from now, is a franchise goalie.

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#3 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 05:57PM
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So… can you over scout someone?

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#5 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 06:13PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Probably. I'd say whoever scouts the Oil Kings probably has Stu MacGregor's ear. :-)

And the ear of the pretzel vendors.

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#6 InfiniteJoy
November 09 2013, 06:14PM
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@Lowetide

Bob Green is definitely a big part of this. I've had Oil Kings season tickets for four years and I'm thrilled about the fact that LB is in the organization.

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#8 Richard
November 09 2013, 06:45PM
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Desperately wanting to believe in something it is easy to put your hope on young players. Objectively these players are long shots for NHL we are just rolling dice.

Putting faith in the Oilers decisions has proven in the last 7 years foolish.

Next

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#9 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 06:50PM
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Food for thought.

Tyler Bunz:

Draft year: 0.898 (jr)

+1: 0.919 (jr)

+2: 0.921 (jr)

+3: 0.886 (pro - ECHL)

Brossoit:

Draft year: 0.887 (jr)

+1: 0.914 (jr)

+2: 0.917(jr)

+3: ??????????

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#10 lucky
November 09 2013, 06:57PM
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As an Oil Kings fan, it made me cringe to know LB was Flames property, so very happy about this part of the deal. That said, I will miss Ladi something fierce. Despite his limitations, I liked that he was nasty to play against even after the whistle - which seems quite un-Oiler like for this crop. We didn't need less Ladislav Smid, we needed more. Of all the guys headed out, this one doesn't make sense at all.

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#11 Flames Fan
November 09 2013, 07:21PM
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I would have rathered the Flames trade Ortio to EDM than Brossoit. The guy looks like a late round steal, and he has been very good since being left off of Team Canadas world juniour squad last year.

Wish him all the best in EDM, except against the Flames. Cheers

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#12 Oil Can
November 09 2013, 07:31PM
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LB is a VERY long shot at best. It would seem crazy to trade a NHL defenceman now for a very long shot goalie. I am no GM, but it would make more sence to me to trade for a goalie that is already doing well in the AHL and might be ready to be a back up in the NHL. Like Jake Allen out of St. Louis.

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#13 Oilcruzer
November 09 2013, 08:05PM
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Bunz Stats so far this game (first start for OKC)

34 Bunz, Tyler 1 41:52 22 Shots 21 Saves. OKC up 2 - 1.

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#15 Dog Train
November 09 2013, 08:30PM
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The Oilers love their Oik Kings products. I like Brossoit better than Roy but I'm still not sold on him. You never know with the goalies though.

I keep hearing that we added Chet Pickard but I haven't seen it reported anywhere.

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#16 Harlie
November 09 2013, 08:32PM
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I like LB and enjoyed watching him win the Chynoweth and see a bright future for him.

I liked Ladi's compete but he was a pylon with no offence at a premium contract price. He was loyal and for that I give him props due, but buh-bye.

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#17 Joel
November 09 2013, 08:56PM
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Wow watching LA vs Van looks like good hockey. Edmonton should be in a different division. aka AHL

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#18 Reg Dunlop
November 09 2013, 08:58PM
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Some guy(Wavy Gravy perhaps) in the film 'Woodstock' says "There's always a little slice of heaven in a disaster area". If this article is more than a simple distraction from the oil disaster I would like to point out that for all the ex oilkings in the pipeline, the only future difference maker is the one that got away; Samuelsson. The rest are nothing more than suspect prospects including the gumper.

Repeating for the 3rd time: D-day is the HNIC game on the 16th vs the flames. Oilernation will fully implode after that defeat.

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#19 DSF
November 09 2013, 09:19PM
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Drafting and developing goalies, unless they are generational talents, is pretty much like a rocking chair.

It gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

(see Devan Dubnyk and JDD for reference.)

Getting excited about trading one failed prospect for more magic beans is futile.

There are large numbers of undrafted European goalies that can be signed every year and a fairly large pool of NA free agents availabe every offseason.

Important to bear in mind that there are only 30 starting goaltending positions available and the talent pool available far exceeds that number.

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#20 DSF
November 09 2013, 09:19PM
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Drafting and developing goalies, unless they are generational talents, is pretty much like a rocking chair.

It gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

(see Devan Dubnyk and JDD for reference.)

Getting excited about trading one failed prospect for more magic beans is futile.

There are large numbers of undrafted European goalies that can be signed every year and a fairly large pool of NA free agents availabe every offseason.

Important to bear in mind that there are only 30 starting goaltending positions available and the talent pool available far exceeds that number.

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#22 DSF
November 09 2013, 10:19PM
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Lowetide wrote:

DSF: No argument. Times two.

So would you agree that trading an actual NHL player, such as he is, to address organizational depth at the G position is all kinds of stupid?

Would trading for an actual area of need on the NHL team make more sense?

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#23 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 10:27PM
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DSF wrote:

So would you agree that trading an actual NHL player, such as he is, to address organizational depth at the G position is all kinds of stupid?

Would trading for an actual area of need on the NHL team make more sense?

It's a weird trade to be sure. I think MacT values the cap space more than the prospects though…

What he does with it will be another question...

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#24 DSF
November 09 2013, 10:46PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

It's a weird trade to be sure. I think MacT values the cap space more than the prospects though…

What he does with it will be another question...

Cap space is useless unless you use it.

Using it this season is pointless.

Ergo, acquiring it is useless.

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#25 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 10:49PM
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DSF wrote:

Cap space is useless unless you use it.

Using it this season is pointless.

Ergo, acquiring it is useless.

Can't argue with that.

MacT may either use it yet this year (he appears more optimistic than he ought to be about the season), or need it now (there's some debate about the cap and the bonus situation).

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#26 exsanguinator
November 09 2013, 11:17PM
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If you look at this trade as goalie prospect for goalie prospect then this is a win for the Oilers. As a Flames fan first and foremost I was sad to see Brossoit go but our depth at the goltending position made him expendable.

I can't exactly remember when I read this but Brossoit had 5 starts in the ECHL and 3 shutouts or something close to that. Too good for the ECHL and not quite good enough to start in the AHL is my opinion. Oil got a steal in the goalie department I think.

Smid on the other hand, he should slot in at 5th D for the Flames quite nicely. Also, Horak addresses the center depth for the Oilers, he'll be a good 4th center with the ability to play 3rd if it's required due to injury. Good depth signings but letting go of arguably your best defenseman was a mistake.

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#27 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 10 2013, 12:43AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Up to 28-29 now. Nice game from Bunz.

I know Bunz personally. Nice guy, hope he can get his crap together and start putting up some good numbers. Who knows, maybe in a couple years we have a Reimer/Bernier situation with Bunzy and Brossoit. Probably just wishful thinking though.

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#28 a lg dubl dubl
November 10 2013, 06:38AM
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Im still waiting for that BOLD move, Im half expecting Mact to trade Hall for and 2nd rounder and a prospect with "upside"

The smid trade IMO says the GM has given up on the season already.

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#29 CDean
November 10 2013, 06:52AM
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People think that it is useless to improve the time, that there is no hope. This was the problem from the 'rebuild' from the start, they 'announced' they were going to suck for a number of years and that is what they did. Now they wonder where this losing mentality came from? I think that the Calgary Flames has the right attitude with their 'rebuild'. They traded away their key pieces or some retired but they said they expect to be in the playoffs next year. That is the correct attitude to have. How many games can you win in a year? 82 + 16 and that is what you should have your goal set on, nothing less.

If MacTavish can improve the team this year then do it. The Oilers are trying to get the losing attitude out off their dressing room that they invited in, for the sake of improving the team. As a fan these last few years have been hard to watch because the expectation was low. But the expectation came from the top.

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#30 Rheal1
November 10 2013, 07:06AM
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Some random thoughts for y'all:

1. Tonight's game. Chicago will win by a 3 goal margin. Doesn't matter who's in net at this point. The whole club has given up less than 20 games in this season. 2. Speaking of this season... the Oilers should finish with 45pts at this rate. That should be 30th. That's what leaderless, clueless, soft teams deserve. 3. This will occur: Kevin Lowe will not step down or be fired. He will demand that Eakins be fired and will order MacT to promote Buchberger to head coach...'cause we all know that Lowe knows a few things about winning. 4. Another high draft pick for 2014. I can envision Sam Reinhart plotting on how to avoid killing his career and refuse to wear an Oiler jersey after selection this June.

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#31 Smokey
November 10 2013, 08:11AM
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Four years to stew over how bad the trade was, until he's our starting goalie when we will talk about how great the deal was.

I don't really know if LB an upgrade on OR, but is he going down to rot in the ECHL? I assume Oilers depth in goal is now Cosmo, Giraffe, BTO, Barbie, LB, and Hot Bunz, Rimmer and the trainer?

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#32 Serious Gord
November 10 2013, 08:14AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

Im still waiting for that BOLD move, Im half expecting Mact to trade Hall for and 2nd rounder and a prospect with "upside"

The smid trade IMO says the GM has given up on the season already.

If that's the case, then why did he hire Bryz?

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#33 Smokey
November 10 2013, 08:14AM
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Oh crap. I forgot the plastic goalie buddy. Where does he slide in? Somewhere between Bachman and Barbie?

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#34 Serious Gord
November 10 2013, 08:17AM
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exsanguinator wrote:

If you look at this trade as goalie prospect for goalie prospect then this is a win for the Oilers. As a Flames fan first and foremost I was sad to see Brossoit go but our depth at the goltending position made him expendable.

I can't exactly remember when I read this but Brossoit had 5 starts in the ECHL and 3 shutouts or something close to that. Too good for the ECHL and not quite good enough to start in the AHL is my opinion. Oil got a steal in the goalie department I think.

Smid on the other hand, he should slot in at 5th D for the Flames quite nicely. Also, Horak addresses the center depth for the Oilers, he'll be a good 4th center with the ability to play 3rd if it's required due to injury. Good depth signings but letting go of arguably your best defenseman was a mistake.

It would be a trade of goalie prospects if it didn't also involve a nhl-level defenseman and his cap hit. The goalie prospects is about as significant an element as having robin brownlee clean the new windshield he just installed. It's the windshield that is relevant/significant- not the cleaning.

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#35 a lg dubl dubl
November 10 2013, 08:29AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

If that's the case, then why did he hire Bryz?

You really think Bryz is going to get the Oilers into the playoffs?

Til Mact gets better defence the goalie's will continue to look like poop, Oilers could have any of the top 3 goalies in the NHL right now and they would look like AHL goalies with the d the team has right now. Im not saying Smid was our #1dman, but he definitely wasn't part of the problem imo.

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#36 GTL
November 10 2013, 08:50AM
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Good! We have goal prospects.... However are the oilers goal coaches and development team the best we can get .... Are we Philly .. Where goalies go to die or Phoenix where they makes diamonds from turds?...... I think I know

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#37 Manfly
November 10 2013, 08:52AM
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I would have rathered the Flames trade Ortio to EDM than Brossoit. The guy looks like a late round steal, and he has been very good since being left off of Team Canadas world juniour squad last year.

Wish him all the best in EDM, except against the Flames. Cheers

the Oilers wouldn't have done the deal if the Flames wanted to include Ortio instead of Brossoit.

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#38 Serious Gord
November 10 2013, 09:34AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

You really think Bryz is going to get the Oilers into the playoffs?

Til Mact gets better defence the goalie's will continue to look like poop, Oilers could have any of the top 3 goalies in the NHL right now and they would look like AHL goalies with the d the team has right now. Im not saying Smid was our #1dman, but he definitely wasn't part of the problem imo.

Not at all.

But Bryz was clearly a here and now transaction. A desparate attempt to win a few more games and take the pressure off of management - a telling indictment of how little regard they have for the intelligence of oilers fans (squirrel!!).

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#39 war
November 10 2013, 09:59AM
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the problem with the trades and signing bryz was no followup.I was on a day off caught bits and pieces and figured something bold would happen,but was left with a bad taste in my mouth(just like after a oilers game)managment continues to make sideways or backward moves and that is why we are here!(the only acception being perron and gordon)

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#40 Chainsawz
November 10 2013, 10:15AM
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Why give up a veteran defenseman which we are short supply in for him? Don't we have a plethora of prospect defenseman that we could have swapped out instead?

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#41 Rheal1
November 10 2013, 10:26AM
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Kevin Lowe, if you read this YOU are a piece of sh/t. Implode this disgrace of a team and move it to Seattle. Your Lord Master Katz wants it, that clown.

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#42 a lg dubl dubl
November 10 2013, 10:44AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Not at all.

But Bryz was clearly a here and now transaction. A desparate attempt to win a few more games and take the pressure off of management - a telling indictment of how little regard they have for the intelligence of oilers fans (squirrel!!).

I hear ya, I was actually hoping that the Hemsky to Philly rumors with Luke Shenn and Simmonds coming back were true, then the Smid trade would have made a bit more sense.

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#43 KSC10032
November 10 2013, 11:10AM
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Rheal1 wrote:

Kevin Lowe, if you read this YOU are a piece of sh/t. Implode this disgrace of a team and move it to Seattle. Your Lord Master Katz wants it, that clown.

IF one shows a level of maturity, one MIGHT be listened to.

Boundaries, ladies and gentlemen, boundaries. This kind of tone and language remains completely inappropriate.

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#44 nunyour
November 10 2013, 11:26AM
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Smokey wrote:

Oh crap. I forgot the plastic goalie buddy. Where does he slide in? Somewhere between Bachman and Barbie?

I thought Bachman looked good for a rookie,but I do think goalie coaching has to be looked at seriously as there is no improvement,and is actually worse.

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#45 ChinookArch
November 10 2013, 05:37PM
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exsanguinator wrote:

If you look at this trade as goalie prospect for goalie prospect then this is a win for the Oilers. As a Flames fan first and foremost I was sad to see Brossoit go but our depth at the goltending position made him expendable.

I can't exactly remember when I read this but Brossoit had 5 starts in the ECHL and 3 shutouts or something close to that. Too good for the ECHL and not quite good enough to start in the AHL is my opinion. Oil got a steal in the goalie department I think.

Smid on the other hand, he should slot in at 5th D for the Flames quite nicely. Also, Horak addresses the center depth for the Oilers, he'll be a good 4th center with the ability to play 3rd if it's required due to injury. Good depth signings but letting go of arguably your best defenseman was a mistake.

I agree, and this is the general sentiment over at FN.

Time will really tell who won the trade. If Brossoit is nothing more than a tweener for years to come, then a clear Flames win. On the other hand, if he's turns out to be a true #1, then it's a big win for the Oilers.

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#46 Colton
November 10 2013, 06:55PM
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Perron pissing off the goalie as usual, love this player.

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#47 outdoorzguy
November 10 2013, 10:42PM
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I would throw this guy to the wolves. Start him next home game!! In the current state of this team what's one more sacrifice? If he succeeds great. If not....meh! It can't get any worse.

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