Full name: Sergei Andreevich Bobrovsky
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Height: 6’2”/189 cm
Weight: 190 lbs/86 kg
Born: September 20, 1988 in Novokuznetsk, RUS
Drafted: Not drafted in NHL
Strengths: Bobrovsky is a naturally athletic butterfly-style goaltender and is quickly becoming one of the NHL’s most competitive and elite netminders. He is a hard worker whose confidence can inspire his team to go on long winning streaks.
Weaknesses: Bobrovsky is still establishing himself as a long-term no. 1 goalie and has yet to find success in the playoffs. He has no playoff wins in six starts.
Biography: Sergei Bobrovsky was born in and began playing hockey in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk. He developed as a goaltender with the Metallurg club. In 2006, he made his professional debut playing for Metallurg in the Russian Superleague. From the next season onwards, he was the team’s starting goalie. Bobrovsky played well and was even invited to the league’s all-star game in 2008, but his team was a perennial playoff outsider. At the 2008 World Junior Championship, Bobrovsky was Russia’s main goaltender and the team finished with bronze medals. Sergei’s big break came in 2010, when his contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk expired. He was never drafted in the NHL, so he was signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent. Despite making the Stanley Cup final in the previous season, the Flyers’ goaltending was a major question mark during the 2010 training camp. An injury to the team’s main goalie gave Bobrovsky the chance to show he could be the no. 1. One month into the season, Bobrovsky was leading all NHL goalies in wins (11 in 14 games) and was named the rookie of the month. By the end of the season, he accumulated 28 wins in 54 games. Despite his regular season success, Bobrovsky faltered in his first playoff game and was relegated to backup. For the next season, the Flyers signed fellow Russian Ilya Bryzgalov to share goalkeeping duties with Bobrovsky. Sergei was the backup for most of the season and his statistics were not as good as in the previous season. In the summer of 2012, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Bobrovsky played for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. He had an excellent rebound season and rgained confidence, posting 18 wins in 24 games for SKA before the NHL resumed. Bobrovsky continued his brilliant play for Columbus. He was the team’s MVP in the short season and almost led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs. Although the team did not make the post-season, Sergei was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie.
|2012-13||SKA St. Petersburg||24||18||3||2||1.94||93.2||4|
|Totals||RHL/KHL Reg. Season||123||2.56||7|
|Totals||NHL Reg. Season||121||63||34||16||2.49||91.7||4|
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