Is Sergei Bobrovsky the future of Columbus goaltending? Perhaps he is. He arrived with the Blue Jackets from the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick (45th overall) and two fourth-round picks in this NHL Draft.
He is an acrobatic if unorthodox goaltender. He makes unbelievable saves . . . and lets in some odd goals as well.
But Bobrovsky is clamoring for a chance to be the lead guy again. With Steve Mason as “competition,” the Blue Jackets will offer that opportunity.
Back in 2010-11, Bobrovsky looked like a budding star. He went 28-13-8 with a 2.59 goals-against average for the Flyers. But Philly is a tough town for goaltenders. Turnover has been constant.
Eventually Flyers GM Paul Holmgren fell hopelessly in love with veteran Ilya Bryzgalov – who got what amounts to a lifetime contract – and Bobrovsky ended up on the block.
It should be noted that Bobrovsky had his success playing on a very good team. And while playing on a very good team last season as a back-up, he posted a subpar .898 save percentage and an inflated 3.02 GAA.
But . . . he has ample experience for a goaltender turning 24 in September. His two NHL seasons followed two seasons of regular duty in the KHL. So perhaps the Jackets can coach him up.