As we end the offseason and begin the NHL Hockey Season, let’s take a look at the Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltenders we will be seeing all season.
Sergei Andreyevich Bobrovsky was born in Russia and is the current starting goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was never drafted. He started his career in the Russian Superleague (and then the KHL) playing for Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
He was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and replaced Michael Leighton on the roster. He made his NHL debut in October of 2010. During that season’s playoffs, he was benched due to performance.The next season, the Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov, who became the starter.
“Bob” was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in June of 2012 for a second round pick and two fourth round picks. During the lockout in 2012, Bob played for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL). Goaltending coach Ian Clark told Bob to change from a one pad up style to a Reverse-VH (pad down) style of play while in Russia. He worked with a well known coach in Russia and changed three different things about his style of play, which was the key to his success last season. [Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast]
In the beginning of the shortened 2012-13 season, Bob and Steve Mason shared the starting goaltender role, with Bob eventually winning out. With his new style of play and the backing of the fans, Bob was an integral part of the playoff push. He had 4 shutouts, a 2.00 goals against average, and a save percentage of .932. All of this earned him the coveted Vezina Trophy by the general managers of the NHL.