Though Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot is a confident starter that is making his way up the ranks as one of the top goalies in the NHL, a good team always needs a stable backup.
Laurent Brossoit has been trying to prove his NHL worth, and after strong showings with the Bakersfield Condors and a lot of determination, he finally won the backup role last year. However, he only dressed for eight games with the Oilers, and ultimately played in just five and started for four. In turn, Talbot took on the heaviest workload in the NHL, starting and playing in 73 games for the Oilers this season.
However, whenever he was in goal for the team, he proved his worth. In eight games this season, Brossoit went 4-1-0, posting a 1.99 GAA and .928 save mark. Though it seems like five games isn’t enough to prove worth, the 24-year-old stopped 142 of 153 shots, so he had a considerable workload in his time on the ice.
Prior to this season, Brossoit would struggle in goal with the Oilers. He would often be inconsistent in net, and would be prone to allowing soft goals that could’ve easily been stopped. However, he has taken a lot of steps to improve, and it is all in his new mentality that he approaches the game with.
Looking at the 6-foot-4, 203-pound netminder now, he plays with tremendous confidence and stands tall in net. Brossoit also stays with the play and is quick when it comes to moving across the crease. Not to mention, he stays calm and collected in goal, no matter what situation arises.
His best game of the season came in March against Colorado, where he made an outstanding save and showed his true ability. Not only that, he proved his worth in that game, stopping 24 of 25 shots for the win.
Ready for Action
This season, the British Columbia native appears ready to take on more backup responsibility. Though Talbot is able to start over 70 NHL games without fatigue, he needs a break every now and then.
Not to mention, if the Oilers have a stable backup ready to prove himself, they should give him ice time. Not only will this increase Brossoit’s confidence, but Talbot can relax and refresh himself for the next start.
Overall, though Brossoit has had his struggles in the past, he proved a lot this season and is certainly up to the task of making more starts and giving Talbot the time off he deserves.