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BLOG: Talbot impressed with Brossoit’s debut

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Laurent Brossoit made his season debut on Saturday night with Cam Talbot feeling under the weather. Talbot came to the rink and observed Brossoit’s performance, in which the 22-year-old goalie made 32 saves.

“He was great,” said Talbot. “Very steady, he was calm, controlled his rebounds, very calm out there and really kept his composure for a young guy. Especially when it was on such short notice when you’re going to get the start. Sometimes that can play with your mind a little bit, but he handled it great mentally and gave us a good outing and gave us a chance to win.”

The Oilers lost the game to Winnipeg 2-1 in a shootout, but Brossoit was solid for the home team and helped them secure a point by keeping them in the game until Matt Hendricks scored the equalizer to send it to overtime.

In limited exposure to Brossoit, Talbot sees the makings of a good NHL netminder.

“He’s just so calm,” said Talbot. “When you’re a young kid, sometimes you want to do a little too much. But he just plays square, plays patient, lets the puck come to him. He’s a big kid, really athletic. He’s able to make those first saves and get to the rebounds when he needs to. I think he’s got all the tools to be a good goalie at this level.”

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