September 30 Camden Courier-Post:
“With goaltender Michael Leighton out of commission at least a month with a bulging disk in his lower back the Flyers have begun the process of evaluating who will join Brian Boucher to start the regular season.
As of now, there’s only one choice: Sergei Bobrovsky.
The 22-year-old Russian rookie once again was brilliant Wednesday night, turning aside 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 exhibition victory over the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 17,978 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers improved to 4-1-1 with the victory and Bobrovsky improved to 3-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA.
Jeff Carter scored a pair of goals, James van Riemsdyk added his first of the preseason and Ville Leino picked up two assists in his first game since having offseason hip surgery.
But the biggest story to emerge from training camp is Bobrovsky, an unassuming rookie with catlike reflexes who has made it almost impossible for the Flyers to send him to the AHL Phantoms.
“He’s quick, he’s always in position and it seems he’s in control of the game and in control of the crease,”‘ Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “I think that’s what training camp is for, to answer questions.”
The Flyers found Bobrovsky with the help of Russian scout Ken Hoodikoff, a former member of the Boston Bruins now living in Russia and scouting the Kontinental Hockey League for the Flyers. Hoodikoff recommended Bobrovsky after seeing him go 9-22-3 with a 1.37 GAA with Metallurg Novokusnetsk.
Flyers goaltending scout Neil Little and goaltending coach Jeff Reese watched tapes of Bobrovsky along with general manager Paul Holmgren and the club decided the 6-foot-2, 190-pound goalie was worth signing to a three-year entry level contract.”
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