Brian Foster
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Brian Foster

Hometown:

Pembroke New Hampshire

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-04-02

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2005

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (161st overall), 2005

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2004-05: Brian Foster finished with a record of 30-6-4 in 41 games with a 2.51 GAA and .927 save percentage as the the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs won the EJHL championship. He committed to playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire in 2006.

2005-06: Foster played for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. In a goal-tending tandem with former Cornell goalie Troy Davenport, he finished 12-9 with 3 OT losses and a 2.81 GAA and .903 save percentage.

2006-07: Foster was 2-2-0 with two shutouts as a freshman for the University of New Hampshire playing behind junior starter Kevin Regan (BOS). Foster finished with a 2.21 GAA and .933 save percentage in seven games.

2007-08: Foster was 2-2-2 in six starts as a sophomore for the UNH Wildcats as the backup to Regan. He posted a 3.06 GAA and .899 save percentage.

2008-09: Foster assumed the starting role for UNH as a junior and was 19-11-4 as the Wildcats finished third in Hockey East. After starting out the season hot, Foster struggled a bit with an ankle injury but appeared to get things back on track down the stretch. He finished with had a 2.68 GAA and .910 save percentage in 35 games. Foster stopped 40 shots in a wild 6-5 overtime game as the Wildcats upset North Dakota in the NCAA tournament before falling, 2-1, to Boston College in the Northeast regional final.

2009-10: Foster was one of just four seniors on an upstart UNH team that captured Hockey East's regular season championship. he finished with a record of 17-14-7 with a 2.98 GAA and .908 save percentage in 38 games for the Wildcats. Foster was at his best in UNH's first round playoff series with arch-rival Vermont allowing just six goals in the three-game series. Unfortunately, UNH did not score in either game – losing by consecutive 1-0 scores, the second in OT. Foster recorded 106 saves in the series, including stopping 50 of 51 shots in the Game 3 overtime loss. Foster was named First Team Hockey East and Second Team East All-American.

2010-11: Foster split his first pro season between Bossier-Shreveport in the CHL and the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. Foster opened the season on loan to the CHL's Mudbugs due to the crowded goaltending situation in the Florida Panthers system and was 9-9-1 with a 3.20 GAA and .884 save percentage in 20 games. Foster joined the Cyclones in February and handled the bulk of the goaltending for Cincinnati down the stretch and in the playoffs. In 19 regular season games he was 11-7 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.30 GAA and .918 save percentage. Foster started all four playoff games in the Cyclones' four-game series with Reading and was 1-3, losing twice in overtime. He had a 2.26 GAA and .899 save percentage for the series.

2011-12: Foster made his NHL debut on his 25th birthday in a February game against the Lightning – playing five minutes in relief of Panthers' goalie Scott Clemmensen and stopping the only shot he faced. Foster split most of the season between the Panthers' AHL affiliate San Antonio and the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones. In 12 games with the Rampage he was 4-6 with a 3.64 goals against and .885 save percentage. Foster and Nashville prospect Chet Pickard split the goaltending for Cincinnati. In 29 games he was 16-13 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.78 goals against and .902 save percentage. The Cyclones finished third in the North Division; one point out of the final playoff spot. Foster signed a one-year contract with Florida in July, 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Foster plays  with consistency in the net and stays calm in pressure situations. Foster is a strong "first-save" goalie and often comes up big on defensive breakdowns. He has improved his rebound control during the early part of his career. He needs to improve on his positioning and lateral quickness but his skills and instincts are sound.

 

Future

Foster is currently fourth on the Panthers depth chart in goal, and will compete with AHL veteran Dov Grumet-Morris and free-agent signee Michael Houser for the backup role in San Antonio. However, another year in the ECHL with call-up duties will allow him further development as he prepares to take the next step up the professional ranks.

 

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