CALGARY, AB -- Netminder Laurent Brossoit can pinpoint the moment when his incredible 2011-12 season truly began.
It wasn't during training camp. It wasn't during the Edmonton Oil Kings season-opener. It was on Saturday, June 25 in St. Paul, MN.
Day 2 of the 2011 NHL Draft.
"Once the Flames picked me up, it was a huge confidence booster for me," he said. "I got the starting position, rolled with it and started to get a little more consistent.
Drafted in the sixth round, 164th overall, Brossoit was an after-thought for some Flames fans as he was looked upon to be a long-term project for the organization but his play last season has him on everyone's radars.
In the 2011-12 campaign, the Edmonton Oil Kings marched to the top of the WHL standings, going 50-15-5, and were lights out in the postseason with a 16-4 record - three of those loses came in the WHL Championship series against Sven Baertschi and the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks.
And Brossoit can be thanked for a lot of their success.
During the regular season, he went 42-13-5. He posted a 2.47 GAA, .914 save percentage and had three shutouts to his name.
He started all 20 of Edmonton's playoff games, earning a 2.04 GAA and .933 save percentage in the postseason. Brossoit notched two shutouts through the Oil Kings run to the Memorial Cup tournament and was named the WHL Championship series MVP.
The Oil Kings didn't fare well at the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, QC. After winning the first game 4-1, they dropped three straight games that saw them outscored 15-4. While Brossoit is disappointed with the end result, he feels he as an individual and the team as a whole can build off their time at the tournament.
"We went in there and we were playing a little bit timid ... I think we're going to use it as a learning experience to win the whole thing next year."
The Surrey, BC native credits consistency for his surge this year.
"I was kind of a head case (in 2010-11)," he smiled. "That's the reason I was so inconsistent. This year, I kind of found my game and found my confidence and the maturity level - I wouldn't hit the panic button at all."
Brossoit's proximity to Calgary has been beneficial as well. Flames Director of Player Development Ron Sutter has been in close contact with the goaltender throughout the season and he, along with several other members of hockey operations, are able to see Brossoit on a regular basis.
"Being so close to Calgary, there was a lot of support from (Ron)," Brossoit said. "He'd always let me know what's on his mind and he let me know how proud of me they are."
Recently, Brossoit attended Hockey Canada's goaltending camp in Calgary. The camp offers officials a chance to get a read on the netminders looking to earn a spot on the U18 and U20 national teams later on this year.
"It's pretty huge. You grew up as a kid always wanting to be here and you can't even put into words when you are here. It's a huge token of everyone that has helped me along the way.
"I hope I impress some people out here."