Edmonton's Laurent BrossoitThe first thing you'll notice about Laurent Brossoit if you ever meet the guy is the size of his hands. The second thing you'll notice is how the Calgary Flames prospect takes responsibility for his poor performance since his Edmonton Oil Kings lifted the Ed Chynoweth Cup last May. In 20 WHL playoff games, Brossoit had a .933 save percentage, was named MVP, and was Canada's next best hope in goal.
Unfortunately, Brossoit has not performed up to his own high standards since those glory days. In four Memorial Cup games, Brossoit posted an .871 save percentage and allowed six goals in the team's elimination game against the eventual champion Shawinigan Cataractes. Brossoit had one start in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August, allowing six goals on just 27 Russian shots and Canada lost 6-5 despite manhandling the Russians in puck possession.
And now Brossoit's struggles at the start of the 2012-13 WHL season indicate that perhaps a streaky side, a goaltender who is perhaps not ready to carry the torch with Malcolm Subban this winter in Ufa, Russia for the World Juniors.
"To be there with Team Canada was an honour, but I didn't play as well as I wanted," he said. "There's a lot of pressure, but you know that going in. The pressure didn't get to me. It was because of me not watching the puck and doing what I usually do, certainly like I did in the playoffs (last spring). I have to keep it simple here, going forward."
The world junior experience is a thrill of a lifetime for every player, but Brossoit has tried to not think too far ahead.
"It's in the back of your mind, but you have to keep it back there ... that's just added pressure, thinking they're watching me and how I'm doing," he said. "I'm trying to manage my own game and the practices."
For certain, the pressures of the WHL playoffs and championship series hardly mirror nationally-televised games on Sportsnet or TSN. It's just a matter of your team winning or losing, but players aren't as carefully scrutinized.Read More »from Laurent Brossoit’s early season struggle not indicative of a career trend