FUTURE WATCH | Laurent Brossoit
The Oilers traded for their future in net, acquiring promising goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Calgary Flames
Laurent Brossoit wants to be the future of the Edmonton Oilers.
"I feel I can and I hope that I will," said the 20 year-old goaltender. "I will push myself to make sure that happens."
The Oilers are probably hoping the same thing. They traded away long-time veteran defenceman Ladislav Smid and goaltending prospect Olivier Roy to their intra-provincial rival Calgary in exchange for Brossoit and another prospect Roman Horak, last Friday night.
The move doesn't come as a shock, as the organization has stressed the need to build quality goaltending depth. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said shortly after the moves, that the team has 'always liked Laurent Brossoit'.
The netminder was surprised at the news he had been traded, but believes that Edmonton provides him with the best opportunity to advance his career.
"It came at me pretty quick. I don't really know how to explain how I was feeling. It's a little bitter sweet. Obviously, I've been in that organization for a little while and I'll miss a lot of guys in the organization... There's some things that were a little bitter, but at the same time I feel like I'll get a better opportunity here. I'm familiar with this territory and I'm really happy to be a part of this organization."
The backstop was originally selected in the sixth round, 164th overall, by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He is listed as six-foot-three and 200 pounds on the team's roster and looks to fill the net for the Oilers' farm team, the Oklahoma City Barons.
"Add more depth," Brossoit said of his immediate goals within the organization. "I hope to challenge the other goalies to be better and challenge myself to be better than them. I hope to be the number one guy as soon as possible."
Brossoit enjoyed a successful WHL career with the Edmonton Oil Kings with his most successful season being his last with the club in 2012-13. During that campaign, he posted a record of 33-8-6 with a save percentage of .917 and a career-high 2.25 goals against average.
He finished his Oil Kings career with a record of 88-34-13 and took his team to the Memorial Cup two years ago, earning WHL MVP honours.
"It's definitely the top accomplishment of my career so far. I can't say enough words about how good of a feeling that was. But now, that's in the past and I've got to continue with that type of play here in the future."
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"It's huge. Half the battle is the mental battle of getting comfortable with your surroundings and all that. The fact that I've known guys on the team, for the last three years, is huge and it's going to help me adjust to this whole situation."
Brossoit says he still has aspects of his game to work on, particularly staying calm in the net when things get hectic.
"Probably just be a little less busy in the net," he said. "I don't think it's something that needs me to totally revamp my game or something like that. It's just, moment-to-moment, I can get a little out of control. But I think I've calmed down quite a bit in my short pro career so far."
Heading into the future, Brossoit will look to earn his share of minutes in OKC as he develops into an option for the Oilers. After playing in just five total professional games, three in the ECHL with two being shutouts and two more games at the AHL level, the goalie says he is ready.
"I'm ready for anything. As long as I am in an organization where I get to play and develop, I'm ready to play."
With the signing of Ilya Bryzgalov last week, it is clear that the organization is looking at all the options to solidify their goaltending stable for the immediate future and beyond. They took a big step forward in acquiring Brossoit and he could be a major factor on that depth chart a few years down the road.
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Stats Updated as of Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
|d||19||20||2||3||5||4||28||EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)|
|f||18||19||13||10||23||6||24||CALGARY HITMEN (WHL)|
|DARNELL NURSE||D||18||18||6||14||20||3||39||SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)|
|F||18||22||9||6||15||-10||13||VANCOUVER GIANTS (WHL)|
|f||19||9||3||3||6||3||20||EVERETT SILVERTIPS (WHL)|
|F||19||21||12||6||18||8||59||EDMONTON OIL KINGS (WHL)|
|F||18||19||7||5||12||2||8||LONDON KNIGHTS (OHL)|
|F||24||19||4||4||8||2||45||JOKERIT HELSINKI (FINLAND)|
|F||19||22||2||0||2||-1||4||NIZHNY NOVGOROD (RUSSIA)|
|26||8||3||4||1||2.40||.925||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|LAURENT BROSSOIT||20||-||-||-||-||-||-||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|TYLER BUNZ||21||3||1||0||1||2.07||.937||OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)|
|22||N/A||n/a||n/a||n/a||2.01||.927||HPK HAMEENLINNA (FINLAND)|