Bobrovsky named November’s top rookie
It has come to no surprise that the Flyers rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November.
Bobrovsky posted a 7-1-2 record with a 2.03 average and .931 save percentage. He’s been one of the primary reasons the Flyers have the second most points in the Eastern Conference and are on top of the Atlantic Division with Pittsburgh.
Those numbers and Bobrovsky’s play can partly be credited to Flyers goaltending coach Jeff Reese, who turned the 22-year-old into the confident #1 goalie of the Flyers.
“And if I’m not smiling he’ll go, ‘Jeff, what’s the matter? You OK? Happy, happy?'” Reese said with a grin. “Because it seems like he’s always happy. He’s having the time of his life and he’s an absolute pleasure to work with. He loves to be at the rink and loves to work and that’s exciting for me.”
In the first three or four games this season, it was evident Bobrovsky was still finding himself. But the Flyers kept giving him more starts – six in a row, seven in a row, and so on. Why? Because he got confident. He attacked the puck. He challenged shooters but didn’t go too far. He’s playing like he’s been in the NHL for five seasons.
By playing like this, Bobrovsky is helping his chances of retaining the #1 slot despite the return of the 2010 playoff hero Michael Leighton nearing.