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Breakdown of Bobrovsky's debut

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As I promised on Twitter, I wanted to take a little bit of a deeper look at Sergei Bobrovsky's rookie debut in the Flyers' rookie scrimmage against the Capitals rookies on Thursday in suburban Washington.

Breakdown of Bobrovsky's debut

Here is a shot chart showing Bobrovsky´s performance.  Goals are circled in green. (Click to enlarge)
Here is a shot chart showing Bobrovsky's performance. Goals are circled in green. (Click to enlarge)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As I promised on Twitter, I wanted to take a little bit of a deeper look at Sergei Bobrovsky's rookie debut in the Flyers' rookie scrimmage against the Capitals rookies on Thursday in suburban Washington.

Here's a few disclaimers: Yes, I know that it is one game, especially Bobrovsky's first ever crack at the North American style. It's also a rookie game scrimmage against players that aren't at the NHL level yet. And the chart is primitive, to say the least.

As I mentioned in the main piece in Friday's Daily News training camp preview (which you should be buying at the newsstand), Bobrovsky is easily the most hyped rookie goalie in almost a decade.

Executives within the organization believe he will be a legitimate NHL goaltender - with what they have said and what they are willing to pay him - and other members of the rookie league camp have sworn he has serious talent.

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However, I thought it'd be interesting to see where the shots were coming from and where Bobrovsky struggled.

As you can see, there were 30 shots and two goals. Flyers goalie coach Jeff Reese said Bobrovsky would need to get adjusted to a) traffic in front of him and b) strange angle shots, since guys in the NHL try to score from everywhere. (Apparently that doesn't happen in the KHL?)

It's interesting to see that Bobrovsky gave up a goal each way.

The goal he gave up in the first period was the weakest of the two. It was from a strange side angle and it trickled through his legs off of the light traffic in front.

His second period goal against was not as alarming, but still a shot most goalies would have. A slap shot from the point went through a few people and straight through Bobrovsky's five hole.

Any time you breakdown a specific performance like this, it can be seen as nitpicking.

That's not the purpose of this post. It was to explain the things Bobrovsky needs to work on - as admitted by Reese - in order to be more competitive as training camp starts.

Still, almost every coach in the NHL would take a performance with a .933 save percentage. Stopping 28 out of 30 shots is a decent starting point. Bobrovsky was most impressive on shots off the rush, one-timers and shots from close range.

Bobrovsky, who seems like a nice and down to Earth person through translation, is a work horse. Reese said he can't wait to get on the ice.

And that's good news for Flyers fans. He's just starting to get used to this game that we already know.

Do you draw anything from these charts that I'm not? Or did anyone have anything to add that was at the game or saw a webcast?

Pick up a copy of Friday's Daily News for the full Flyers training camp preview. Follow Frank Seravalli on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DNFlyers.

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