The Flyers legendary goalie, who spoke to the media prior to his "Banner Night" at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, has been extremely impressed with the 22-year-old Russian, who could be a potential candidate for the Calder Trophy as League rookie of the year.
Parent, in fact, compared Bobrovsky to the late Vezina Trophy-winning Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh. Parent was Lindbergh's goalie coach during his four-plus season stint in the City of Brotherly Love in the mid-1980's before a tragic car crash took the young goalie's life in November 1985.
"He's a very good goalie," Parent said of Bobrovsky. "People talk about his quickness, which he has. His right-to-left, left-to-right movement is awesome. But there's more to that when you play as well as he does. He has the understanding of the game and I always focus on the understanding of the game. Once you understand something, and if you have that natural talent, it's easier to get better and that's what he does. You watch him play, and whether a guy is a right- or left-handed shot, he positions himself and it's very interesting to see a 22-year-old kid do this."
For the season, Bobrovsky, who started in goal against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, is 14-4-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
"He reminds me of Pelle Lindbergh … the quickness," Parent said. "Most of the goalies hit their knees and they stay there. This guy hits his knees and if he has to change positions, he's almost like a spring, like 'poof,' and he gets right up and goes across. He's a great athlete and great goalie."
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday