August 16 2014 07:48PM
This is Laurent Brossoit. The Edmonton Oilers traded an NHL defenseman to get him -- does that mean he's the future in goal in Northern Alberta? The team spending 33% of their 2014 draft picks on goalies suggests the answer is "maybe not" or "too soon to tell" for the famous former Oil King. Who IS the future in goal?
Goalies? Who understands them? Who can possibly identify the good ones from the crappy ones? Hell if I know. I've always felt teams should spend their picks after No. 100—picking in the first round is no guarantee—but what happens if you do that for five years and no one emerges? We are here.
OILERS' PROSPECTS IN THE AHL
Tuohimaa played one game, stopped 38 of 40 shots and won the game. Bunz should be stepping up here (second year of his entry-level deal) but the Barons gave him less than four hours in the net. Brossoit didn't do enough to hang around long, and to be honest, Ty Rimmer (3GP, 2.65 .930) looked better than any of them.
OILERS' PROSPECTS IN THE ECHL
Brossoit performed very well in the ECHL, and logic dictates he should be the No. 2 goalie in 2014-15 for the Oklahoma City Barons.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have quality goaltending and didn't sign Martin Ouellette. He has been the starter in Maine for two seasons and delivered save percentages in the .920.
- Not long ago the Columbus Blue Jackets were desperate for crease depth in their organization but now, apparently, they're confident enough in what they have to let a quality goalie walk for nothing. Martin Ouellette was a Hobey Baker nominee (and a leading vote getter from fans) thanks to his stellar play for the Maine Black Bears. The 6'2, 190 lbs netminder posted two strong seasons as the starter for the Black Bears on what were average teams.
It's probably nothing. But if you wake up tomorrow and find out the Oilers have signed Martin Ouellette, it's probably a good thing.