WINNIPEG - Eric Comrie learned more than he ever thought possible last year.
Now, after a whirlwind campaign with the Manitoba Moose, the determined young goalie is ready for more.
Comrie entered the season as the backup to Connor Hellebuyck, but after he was recalled to the Jets following an injury to Ondrej Pavelec, the 21-year-old became the de facto starter for the team's top affiliate.
Comrie calls it as a "fortunate" turn of events for him, personally, to get such valuable experience in his first pro season, but there was nothing lucky about it. He took the opportunity and ran with it, posting excellent numbers on a young Moose team that finished the year 15 games below .500.
In 46 appearances last year, the 2013 second-round pick compiled a 13-25-7 record, along with a .907 save percentage and a 3.12 goals-against average.
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"I was very fortunate with the situation that happened here. I got to play in a lot of games, and it was nice that the coaches trusted me that much. I was really happy to take that experience into the summer so I could learn as much as I could.
"To play that many games wasn't really expected, but it's a huge experience to take forward in my career."
Depending on what happens with the Jets, Comrie could be poised to have an even higher workload in this, his sophomore year.
"I have the same mentality as before," Comrie said. "I want to come here and try to get better each and every day. You can't look ahead to the end of camp already, you just have to try and do your best every day."
Competition will be high. With Jamie Phillips now having turn pro, and three other goalies in the fold from last year's roster, almost anything is possible.
The newest goaltending prospect, Russian draftee Mikhail Berdin, will play with the Sioux Fall Stampede of the United States Hockey League this year.
"It's really exciting. With (Jamie Phillips), I know him from the Development Camps, and with (Mikhail) Berdin, it just adds to it. They're both really good goalies and it's exciting to have more and more competition here."
- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com