By: Tom Dougherty | @todougherty
It was a tale of two seasons for Sergei Bobrovsky.
The first half of the year, Bobrovsky looked like the goalie the Flyers thought they had prior to the 2011 playoffs. Bobrovsky, in his sophomore season, was clearly outplaying Philadelphia’s prized free agent acquisition, Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bobrovsky showcased elite quickness, the ability to make the big save when his team needed him to and improved puck handling skills—something that was a major fault during his rookie campaign.
Then he started the Winter Classic, in a move that caused some controversy around Bryzgalov. The Flyers lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers, but Bobrovsky played well, however his play fell off following the Jan. 2 affair with New York.
In 13 games after the Classic, Bobrovsky posted a 3.46 goals against average and an abysmal .805 save percentage.
What became more obvious in Bobrovsky’s second season is that he’s not suited to be a backup goaltender. He needs playing time to improve and because he has played in so many games, sending him to the AHL isn’t a possibility without subjecting him to waivers.
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