The Edmonton Oilers have Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse on the roster now, so the most NHL-ready prospect in the minors is probably Laurent Brossoit. Will we see him in Edmonton this year?
— Darcy Seaton (@DarcySeatonCTV) October 10, 2015
Laurent Brossoit made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on April 9, 2015. He stopped 49 of 51 shots, and those totals represented the most shots on goal for an NHL goalie debut this century. San Jose’s coach that night, Todd McLellan, noticed him and with Edmonton’s goalie situation open for competition this year—these are important months for Brossoit’s career.
Edmonton Oilers prospect, Laurent Brossoit’s new Custom graphic Vaughn V6 2300 setup pic.twitter.com/gHd8KxmMBb
— Tendy Gear (@Tendy_Gear) September 19, 2015
AHL CAREER BOXCARS, BY YEAR
- Age 20 (2013-14) 10GP, 3.99 .876
- Age 21 (2014-15) 53GP, 2.56 .918
- Age 22 (2015-16) 4GP, 2.45 .926
Brossoit is showing significant progress and is contributing to a much brighter outlook for Edmonton in net across the pro level. Along with NHL goalies Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson, Oilers fans can be hopeful of the future in goal. He improved in his second season, partly because of 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
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
Brossoit gets a bit of a break in terms of waivers, he won’t be eligible for the waiver wire until the fall of 2017. Based on what we’re seeing right now, he could get an extended look this season and it’s possible he could be in the chase for backup in the NHL fall 2016.
Note: Brossoit is playing tonight, 3-3 tie in the second period.