The Edmonton Oilers made a pair of transactions on Monday while notably recalling goaltender Laurent Brossoit from their AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. The franchise also re-assigned defenseman Matthew Benning to the AHL after having signed him to a two-year deal back in August.
Brossoit has made six NHL starts for the Oilers over the past two seasons and has lost all of them with one coming in overtime. He has allowed 3.33 goals per game on average and own a .896 save percentage in a supremely small sample size.
Last season with th Condors, he went 18-9-3 in between the pipes to coincide with his .920 save percentage. Across his vast hockey career, he has never posted a losing record in any given season where he appeared in at least 10 games. Named to the ECHL All-Rookie team back in 2013-2014, it was Brossoit’s first season in the Oilers’ organization after a November 2013 trade. Selected in the sixth-round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, the Cloverdale, British Columbia native never earned the call-up to Calgary.
Brossoit has been recalled because of a head injury to Jonas Gustavsson, who will be inactive for Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Regular net-minder Cam Talbot has struggled early on in the 2016-2017 season, winning two of his first three games, but also allowing 13 goals in his second season as the Oilers’ No. 1 man in net.
On the other hand, Benning is the son of former NHL defenseman, Brian Benning. His current claim to fame is having led the Northeastern Huskies to a Hockey East Championship in his time at the school.