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09-03-2012, 02:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
How Acquired: Trade with Philadelphia, June 22, 2012; in exchange for three draft picks (45th overall, 2012 (Anthony Stolarz), 117th overall (Taylor Leier), and Phoenix's 2013 4th rounder)
Analysis: The goaltender known as "Bob" stepped onto the scene with the Flyers prior to the 2010-11 season. After going undrafted, Bobrovksy was signed to an entry level contract by the Flyers in May of that year. He was expected to start the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Adirondack, however he surprised the team's brass at training camp and not only earned a spot on the opening night roster, but was also named the team's starter at just 22 years of age. After an impressive season that saw him splitting time with Brian Boucher, Bobrovsky and the Flyers struggled in the playoffs and he was eventually replaced in net by Boucher as the team struggled mightily.
That offseason, the Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9 year contract, essentially putting the writing on the wall for Bob. With a significant decrease in production, Bobrovsky appeared in 29 games for the Flyers, seeing his save percentage drop below 90%, and his goals against average ballooning to 3.02.
Pros: Big frame, still young, good puck stopper, works hard, is a great guy in the locker room, and is hard to rattle.
Cons: Still has to learn the fundamentals of pro hockey, still a growing player
Realistic Expectation: Bobrovsky comes to the Jackets with a clean slate and the expectation that he will be at least somewhat an improvement over Steve Mason. On a team that generally has no aspirations of competing for a Cup anytime soon, the pressure coming off of Bobrovksy's shoulders is immense, and should immediately help in his development. It's safe to say that he's a good "1B" type goalie in the NHL at this point, and that he does have the potential to be a quality starter for us at some point down the road. If a good enough mentor is brought in, I definitely think we will turn out to be the winners of this deal with the Flyers, as Bob is a quality kid with great talent and a tough to match compete level.
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