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By the Numbers: Sergei Bobrovsky Ready to Roar with Panthers

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

It's been almost a month since it happened, so I guess it's safe to assume it wasn't a dream.

Sergei Bobrovsky is a member of the Florida Panthers.

The top goaltender on the market, Bobrovsky put pen to paper on a seven-year contract with the Panthers when the NHL's free agency period officially opened on July 1, ushering in a new era of excellence between the pipes following future Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo's retirement.

"My main thing is to win," Bobrovsky said during his introductory press conference earlier this month. "I want to win the Cup. That's my main purpose. That's why I chose the Panthers. All of the other things like the sun and the lifestyle and stuff like that just comes along with it."

A two-time Vezina Trophy winner, the 30-year-old veteran has appeared in 457 career regular-season games split between Philadelphia (2010-12) and Columbus (2012-19), owning a 255-153-37 record, .919 save percentage, 2.46 goals against average and 33 shutouts in that span.

A winning machine, he's earned an NHL-leading 115 total victories over the last three seasons.

"He gives you a chance to win every night," Panthers General Manager & President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon said. "He's durable and a very good player. He's a student of the game. Nobody works harder. It'll be interesting to see guys like [Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov] and Bobrovsky working off the ice. It'll be a great example for our young players to follow."

From big to small, here's a few numbers that show just how special a goalie Bobrovsky is.

2: The number of Vezina Trophies on his mantle. One of just 22 goaltenders in NHL history to win the award twice, Bobrovsky was named the league's top netminder following both the 2012-13 and 2016-17 campaigns. With his win in 2016-17, he also finished third in voting for the Hart Trophy, which is given annually to the NHL's most valuable player, after posting an incredible 41-17-5 record with a 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts.

3: His medal count at the IIHF World Championships. Bobrovsky has represented Russia at the Worlds three times, winning gold in 2014 (he was also named the tournament's top goaltender that year), silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016. A native of Novokuznetsk, Russia, he's also represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

5: The amount of times he's won at least 30 games in a single season. Dating back to 2013-14, Bobrovsky has registered at least 30 wins in five of the last six seasons. He won a career-high 41 games in 2016-17 and also posted back-to-back 37-win seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

8: The number of goals he surrendered during a four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite lighting the lamp a league-best 319 times during the regular season, the Bolts ran into a brick wall named Bobrovsky during the postseason, unable to sneak more than one goal past the netminder in both Game 2 and Game 3. It was also in Game 3 that Bobrovsky had his best showing, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 win. Powered by Bobrovsky's strong performance, Columbus won its first-ever playoff series.

9: The amount of times he held the opposition completely off the scoresheet in 2018-19. Posting an NHL-leading and career-high nine shutouts during this past season, Bobrovsky was simply nearly unbeatable at times, especially during the final month of the season as the Blue Jackets pushed for the playoffs. From March 15-31, he racked up four shutouts in a seven-game span.

69: His career wins against Atlantic Division opponents. After spending the last six seasons in the Metropolitan Division, Bobrovsky will now see how the other half of the Eastern Conference lives. Looking at his career stats, he should do just fine. In 120 career games against opponents currently in the Atlantic, he owns a 69-39-9 record behind a sensational .920 save percentage.

72: The number he'll wear with the Panthers. Bobrovsky quickly acquired the number from winger Frank Vatrano, who happily entrusted the digits to his new teammate shortly after the news of his signing broke on July 1. "He's going to be a big part of our team now going forward," Vatrano said. "He's a guy that's done a lot in this league -- a lot more than I've done, and he's been around a lot longer. I think it was a no-brainer to give him the number that he likes." To read more about the number exchange, click HERE.

.921: His save percentage since the start of the 2012-13 season. Bobrovsky hasn't just been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL in recent seasons. In fact, he's been one of the best for quite some time now. Over the last seven seasons, his .921 save percentage ranks behind only Ben Bishop's mark of .922 among goaltenders who suited up in at least 300 games in that time.

67: As of this writing, the number of days left until Florida's home opener against Tampa Bay at BB&T Center on Oct. 5. While anything can happen between now and then, this will likely be your first chance to see Bobrovsky man the crease in Sunrise during the highly anticipated 2019-20 regular season.

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