Sergei Bobrovsky is a product of the HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) hockey system. He has been the starting goalie for his age groupâ’s club team throughout his career and has really come on strong as a starting goalie for the regional HC Sibir team.
2006-07: While one of the top Siberian goalies, Bobrvosky really came on the scene as a promising proispect during the 2006-07 season when he made his Super League debut and performed well in the backup role for HC Metallurg (Nk.). This achievement made the national team coaching staff take notice.
2007-08: During the 2007-08 season the young prospect was invited to join Russia’s U20 team that competed in the Super Series against the Canadian teams . There, Bobrovsky was clearly Russiaâ’s best goalie, perorming better than Semen Varlamov or Sergei Gaiduchenko. This and his strong play in the Russian Super League furhter elevated the netminder and similarly to Konstantin Barulin a few years ealrier, he capped off his ascention by earning the starting position for Team Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships. There Bobrovsky, while in some ways not playing as well as he did int he Super Series, still performed quite well, helping Russia earn the bronze medals.
2009-10: Played with Novokuznetsk Metallurg where he posted a 2.72 GAA, .919 save %, and a 9-22-3 record. Signed a three-year deal with the Flyers worth potentially 1.75 million a year.
Bobrovsky is a hybrid goalie who prefers more of a butterfly down lower style than stand-up. His style was developed mostly through his own work ethic having never had a specific goaltending coach to work with until joining the Flyers' organization. The young netminder has above average reaction time and a slightly above average glove side. He has incredible, almost unbelievable lateral quickness in the crease, and he needs it since he does not take up as much of a net as many of his peers. The young goalie also tends to skate out far to challenge opponents, though he didn’t do this as much outside of Russian hockey when competing internationally. An average puckhandler, Bobrovsky rarely plays the puck outside the crease and tends to make safer and more conservative decisions with it. Though he once had problems with rebound control at times, since working with the Flyers' organization, that has become a much stronger part of his game. Even when giving up rebounds, his ability to readjust his positioning almost instantaniously gives him an edge against players in the crease looking to bank in rebounds.
Bobrovsky also is probably one of the most mature young netminders within an NHL organization. He took on a lot of responsibility last year and even though handled it very well, especially when backstopping Russia to the bronze medal at the U20 World Junior Championships. His ability to remain composed in difficult situations and remain competitive has been key to his success.
Bobrovsky has graduated from the prospect ranks. He was dealt from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2012 offseason.