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FUTURE WATCH | Between the posts with Brossoit

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Photo by Mark Nessia / Bakersfield Condors

“Who wants to play net?”

For most kids, this question is terrifying. Many will look to the floor, hoping the responsibility doesn’t fall on them. Regardless of the sport it’s for, goaltending isn’t necessarily a position that’s sought after by many.

But as most players do what they can to avoid playing the position, a young Laurent Brossoit gravitated naturally towards it.

“Well my grandfather, my three uncles and as well as my dad were all goaltenders,” said Brossoit.

“When I started playing hockey I was about 10. Before that I just played roller hockey, and kind of out in the front yard, and I always chose goal and it just kind of stuck.”

And stick it did.

Now, as goaltender for the American Hockey League’s (AHL’s) Bakersfield Condors, Brossoit is ranked second in the AHL for number of shutouts, recording his third on Saturday, and is ranked third with a .938 save percentage.

“I’m feeling really good this year,” said Brossoit.

“I can’t say that I’ve felt this good going into a season before because there’s usually kind of a lag for me, and I think I’ve got that figured out and gotten a lot better at it.”

The Oilers acquired the netminder in a 2013 trade with the Calgary Flames, who had selected him 164th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

In September, Brossoit took part in his second Oilers Training Camp.

“Last year was kind of more feeling out the organization,” he said.

“There’s obviously a lot of familiarities considering I was with the Oil Kings, but just getting to know the [Oilers] staff it was kind of a day-by-day thing. [This year] it was more business-like where it was more of me trying to show what I can do.”

In 2008, Brossoit was selected in the second round, 26th overall, of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Edmonton Oil Kings.

He spent the 2008-09 season playing for the Valley West Hawks of the BC Hockey Major Midget League and the 2009-10 season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Brossoit’s debut with the Oil Kings was during the 2008-09 season when he played in one game for the team.

He played twice more for the Kings during the 2009-10 season before entering into his WHL rookie season with the Edmonton team in 2010 where he played 34 games, registering a 3.32 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage.

In his second season for the Oil Kings, he’d help lead them to a WHL Championship.


Brossoit made his NHL debut with the Oilers in April, when they went up against the San Jose Sharks, and stopped 49 of 51 shots, the most in an NHL debut since 1998.

“I just do what I need to do to stay physically prepared for every game, as well as mentally prepared for every game,” said Brossoit.

“I like to keep it pretty loose, I try not to get too worked up over anything. It’s a long season so I don’t like to have any strict routines where if I don’t get one of the things on my routine down then I’m going to start overthinking things and all that, so as far as strategies go I just make sure that I do what I need is necessary to be prepared.”

12 games into the Condors first AHL season, Brossoit says the response has been nothing but positive.

“The atmosphere is great, the fans get really into the game,” he said.

“They really support us and they back us here. It was the same two years ago when I was here with the ECHL, you really get a sense of support from the fans.”

Brossoit has wins in four straight starts, stopping 130 of 134 shots in that span.

He is 6-2-1 overall this season, but, as is the opinion of the 22-year-old, there is always room for improvement.

“I’d like to think that there are no gaping holes in my game. I’m just looking to improve on the little details here and there and make as many saves as possible,” he said.

“It’s just a percentage game and I guess, if you wanted to put a title on it, you’d call me a butterfly goalie, but I’d like to think that my movement with my feet and staying in position is my biggest asset, as well as my athleticism to make the big saves that other goalies can’t.”

Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club

Currently, the Condors are 6-6-0-1 this season.

“As a group there’s been a few games early on that we’d like [to take] back and thought we deserved a better fate,” said Brossoit.

“But you know that’s the path and I think that, as a team, we’re starting to figure out what we need to do to be successful considering the losses we’ve had from last season to this season. But I think we’re figuring it out.”

As with the Oilers, a number of unexpected injuries have sidelined a few of the Condors players this season.

“We’re just kind of taking it day by day and I think, especially last game, we were down a lot of guys, and the young guys and the call ups, they rose to the occasion,” said Brossoit.

“They played really well and we all played really well as a team, which is what we’ve been striving for.”

As the Condors regain their footing, Brossoit’s confidence in his teammates is unwavering — similar to when he decided to dawn the pads and pick up the goaltending stick when he was young.

Following the footsteps of the Brossoit men before him, Laurent knew that it was a position destined for him to take.

“It’s not like they pressured me to do anything,” he said.

“I kind of looked up to them and chose it for myself.”

Statistics For In The System Through Past Seasons: 14-15 | 13-14 | 12-13 | 11-12
Stats Updated as of Wednesday, November 18 2015

Bakersfield (AHL) - Forwards


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
GREG CHASE C 20 1 0 0 0 +1 4
BRADEN CHRISTOFFER LW 21 12 1 1 2 -5 8
LEON DRAISAITL C 20 6 1 1 2 -5 4
MATTHEW FORD*   RW 31 12 5 5 10 -4 8
RYAN HAMILTON   LW 30 11 5 0 5 -4 6
KALE KESSY   LW 22 10 2 3 5 +2 17
JUJHAR KHAIRA   LW 21 12 3 3 6 0 5
ALEXIS LOISEAU   C 21 5 0 1 1 +3 0
ANDREW MILLER   RW/C 27 8 2 4 6 +1 6
MITCH MOROZ   LW 21 12 1 3 4 +1 36
PHILIP MCCRAE* C 23 9 2 0 2 -4 4
IIRO PAKARINEN   RW 24 4 1 2 3 0 4
TYLER PITLICK   RW 23 3 0 0 0 -1 0
KYLE PLATZER RW 20 12 1 2 3 -1 0
MARC-OLIVIER ROY* C 21 1 0 0 0 0 0
ANTON SLEPYSHEV LW 21 4 0 0 0 0 4
JOSH WINQUIST   LW 22 8 3 4 7 +3 20
BOGDAN YAKIMOV   C/W 21 12 2 3 5 -1 6
DANIIL ZHARKOV (INJURED)
LW 21 - - - - - -
Bakersfield (AHL) - Defencemen


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
MARTIN GERNAT   d 23 5 0 0 0 +1 0
brad hunt   D 27 12 3 7 10 -8 4
JOEY LALEGGIA   D 23 12 0 3 3 +6 14
DAVID MUSIL D 22 12 2 1 3 +7 6
NIKITA NIKITIN   D 29 6 0 3 3 -1 0
DARNELL NURSE   D 20 6 0 1 1 0 7
JORDAN OESTERLE   d 23 10 0 4 4 -3 4
NICK PAGEAU   D 27 8 0 0 0 -5 2
DILLON SIMPSON
D 22 2 0 0 0 -1 0
Norfolk (ECHL)


Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
BEN BETKER D 21 13 0 3 3 -2 8
GREG CHASE F 20 10 4 2 6 -3 18
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
CALEB JONES  D 18 19 4 12 16 +5 21 PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS (WHL)
ETHAN BEAR  D 18 20 5 17 22   +8 12 SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS (WHL)
NCAA & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   LW 21 10 1 3 4 1 6 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 19 11 2 2 4 +1 0 UMASS-AMHERST (NCAA)
JOHN MARINO d 18 15 1 9 10 -1 12 TRI-CITY (USHL)
AIDAN MUIR LW 20 10 1 0 1 -6 6 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL   C 21 10 0 4 4 +3 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK C 24 26 6 7 13 -1 16 CHEKHOV VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN   D 25 20 1 11 12 +6 4 JOKERIT HELSINKI (FINLAND)
ZIYAT PAIGIN  F 20 3 1 1 2 0 0 KAZAN AK-BARS (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN  F 26 - - - - - - ILVES TAMPERE (finland)
2016 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
CHECK BACK DURING THE TOURNAMENT                 
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
KEVEN BOUCHARD   19 12 2 8 1 4.79 .849 baie-comeau (qmjHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 22 9 6 2 1 2.08 .938 bakersfield (AHL)
EETU LAURIKAINEN 22 1 0 1 0 2.06 .900 BAKERSFIELD (aHL)
ZACH NAGELVOORT   21 4 3 1 0 3.00 .878 michigan (ncaa)
BEN SCRIVENS   29 3 0 3 0 5.05 .826 bakersfield (ahl)
MIROSLAV SVOBODA   20 1 0 1 0 6.00 .750 TRINEC OCELARI (CZECH)
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