The Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Flyers in exchange for three draft picks (including a 2012 2nd round pick – 45th overall).
The 23-year-old compiled a 14-10-2 record for Philadelphia in 2011-12, playing behind Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bobrovsky is a goaltender with good upside. The young Russian started 52 games for the Flyers in 2010-11, winning 28 of them. He possesses solid size at 6-2 and close to 200 pounds. The Jackets are likely moving on from Steve Mason (although he still has one year and $2.9 million left on his current contract), and Bobrovsky will be given every opportunity to earn the starting gig in 2012-13.
He struggled mightily down the stretch in 2011-12. After the All-Star Break, Bobrovsky went 3-6-1 in nine starts, with a 4.16 GAA and a .860 SV%.
Justin Goldman wrote a great piece for NHL.com on how to correct Bobrovsky’s flaws.
‘Technically speaking, Bobrovsky's quick gloves, blazing-fast feet and razor-sharp reflexes actually allow him to make many tough saves look easy. His active hands do a great job of sealing holes and snagging loose pucks and high shots. His explosive lateral pushes also make it difficult to score on him low.
These raw skills and strong mental traits make him an exceptional talent for a 22-year old. But for a guy listed at 6-foot-2, his hunched-over appearance and wide stance cause him to appear more like a 5-11 goalie.
So when Bobrovsky fails to challenge a shooter -- or is caught too deep in his crease -- he exposes even more space above the shoulders. This forces him to always be as aggressive as possible, which then causes him to over-commit, lose his net or his angles, move too much and lack patience when a shot is taken.'
A pretty good return for Bobrovsky. Three picks, including a mid 2nd round pick tomorrow, will give GM Paul Holmgren some assets to work with (either to keep or trade away). The Flyers want to add more of a veteran presence behind Bryzgalov, as mentioned before.
Fantasy players impacted:
This is a huge opportunity for Bobrovsky, obviously. He wasn’t going to get more than 25 starts a season behind Bryzgalov in Philadelphia. The Flyers will be looking to add a back up for Bryzgalov, and they will likely pursue a veteran.
Columbus will likely bring in another goalie too. Expect a 1A/1B type of situation with Bobrovsky and the other goaltender (unless he flat out earns the starting gig very early on in the season). Bobrovsky’s fantasy value in Columbus depends a lot on what else GM Scott Howson does this summer. If he trades Rick Nash for futures, the Jackets could be in for another long season. He has some cap space to work with, too.
This is a low risk move, but the Jackets haven’t definitively solved their goaltending problems with it, either.
Players this helps:
Players this hurts:
2. Allen York