The Good: Bobrovsky is a hybrid goalie who prefers more of a butterfly down lower style than stand-up. His style was developed mostly through his own work ethic having never had a specific goaltending coach to work with until joining the Flyers’ organization. The young netminder has above average reaction time and a slightly above average glove side. He has incredible, almost unbelievable lateral quickness in the crease, and he needs it since he does not take up as much of a net as many of his peers.Though he once had problems with rebound control at times, since working with the Flyers’ organization, that has become a much stronger part of his game. Even when giving up rebounds, his ability to readjust his positioning almost instantaniously gives him an edge against players in the crease looking to bank in rebounds. The Flyers know that they have a goaltending controversy, with both Bobrovsky and Bryzgalov playing well. The Flyers have trust in Bobrovsky, playing him over Bryzgalov in the 2012 Winter Classic.
The Bad: The young goalie also tends to skate out far to challenge opponents, though he didn’t do this as much outside of Russian hockey when competing internationally. An average puckhandler, Bobrovsky rarely plays the puck outside the crease and tends to make safer and more conservative decisions with it. Sometimes he stays too high in front of the crease, allowing too much space in the five-hole. Like most young goaltenders, consistency and concentration are things he needs to continue to work on.
Awards and achievements
- NHL Rookie of the Month – November 2010
- Bronze Medal In 2008 World Junior Championships
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