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.”