Yesterday afternoon, the Oilers announced they recalled Laurent Brossoit from the Bakersfield Condors while they assigned Jonas Gustavsson to the AHL.
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After Gustavsson was unable to show he deserved the role of backup with the Oilers after signing a one-year, $800 000 contract this past off-season, the team has made the decision to recall Brossoit from the AHL. Gustavsson was assigned to the Condors. This season, Gustavsson posted a 1-3-1 record in seven games played with a 3.10 GAA and .878 sv%.
In six NHL games, Brossoit has posted an 0-5-1 record to go along with a 3.34 GAA and .896 sv%.
Nine of the 17 goals he has allowed in his six games played have been scored in the high danger area. He allowed seven from the medium danger area, while only one from the low danger area. I am interested to see where his next goals allowed come from.
Brossoit has had an up and down season for the Condors. In his first 10 games, he posted a .927 sv% and a 4-6 record. In the 10 games that followed, he only was able to muster a .887 sv% and a 4-2-3 record. Despite his dip in his numbers, last Friday his head coach Gerry Fleming showed faith in the 23 year old goaltender in conversation with Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer.
“He’s had his troubles, but listen Bob, every goaltender at some point in the year or at some point in their carrer, they struggle. Fighting through that, you need a little bit of adversity, you just do. We stuck with LB, we’re going to help him through this time right now and we’ve got guys working with him. The good news is LB, first of all identifies that he’s not where he wants to be and number two he’s working even harder because of that. We’ll just stick with him and I’m sure he’ll turn it around.” – via Jonathan Willis.
It is clear that Brossoit has the ability to be the goaltender of the future for the Edmonton Oilers, but the recent signing of Nick Ellis certainly challenges him. The brass is showing some faith in recalling Brossoit. It is yet to be known if he will remain with the Oilers for the rest of the season or not, but there are a few different avenues that the team could take in order to find their goaltender for at least the rest of this season.
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