Name: Sergei Bobrovsky, #72
Birthplace: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Age: 28, born 9/20/88
Height/Weight: 6 ft 2 in/ 199 lbs
What he has going for him:
A great showing in the World Cup of Hockey. Between the pipes for Russia, Bobrovsky posted a 2.53 goals against average and a save percentage of .930 over the course of four games. Obviously this is a small sample size, but it is promising.
What he has going against him:
Risk of injury. Bobrovsky may have the most tracked groin of any professional athlete in the country. After an abysmal start to last year, his groin injury sidelined him for the majority of the season. The former Vezina winner is the keystone to the Blue Jackets success and has to overcome shaky confidence from last year in order for the CBJ to have a shot at the postseason. Being the second highest paid goaltender in the NHL (behind Lundqvist of the New York Rangers) brings with it the pressure to live up to that lofty paycheck.
Prediction for this season:
Bobrovsky bounces back. With a couple of youngsters trying to make their mark and Curtis McElhinney working to keep his back up position, there will be fierce competition behind Bob. With the team expectation from all of those outside of Columbus being low, Bobrovsky returns to old form.
’16-’17 Jackets Rant stat line prediction: GAA: 2.34, Save Percentage: .925, Shut Outs: 4