(BUFFALO) Martin Brodeur confess at the outset: rubber, he has seen more than a little during his stay with the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser in the days when he played in the QMJHL. And it is precisely this characteristic that he loved all of following in Evan Fitzpatrick.
“It is quite athletic, I love the way he moves. He has good speed and good strength as it moves from point A to point B. Also, the fact that every game, it receives over 30 shots, it has even climbed to 73 once in the playoffs, it has its meaning. I kept the goals in St-Hyacinthe when I was young and I ate throws like that, you really learn to fight. Like it or not, it develops your character tremendously when you’re playing in clubs like that. ”
The guard-18 Sherbrooke Phoenix faced averaged 32.8 shots in each of the 54 games he played in 2015-16, for an impressive 1678.
To say he was busy in his first two seasons with the Phoenix is an understatement.
And the Blues were the first surprised when they found that the Newfoundlander original was always available to 59th.
“It was the first guy on our list, we were glad it’s still there. We still spent much time watching it. It was a lot of goalkeepers in the organization, but never enough, “commented one that portrays the role of assistant to the General Manager Doug Armstrong.
In 54 games last season with Phoenix, Fitzpatrick has maintained a record of 18 wins and 34 defeats, with an average of 3.42 and a save percentage of .896.
“For some teams, the statistics may be important. But for us, the priority is the potential of the guys, how far we can bring. We love his size and we love the fact that he ate a lot of pucks in the past two years. So he kept goals in 75 or 80 games in total during that same time frame, it has a lot of experience for a young player, “said the one who won three Stanley Cups during his glorious career 21 years old.
“He kept the goals at 16, he was starting at age 17 and he still has two years of junior. For us, we find it interesting to have a guy like that. ”
“I saw two of his matches at the World Championship under 18 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, I chatted with Jocelyn Thibault to learn more about his background and all, we were very interested and super glad he’s still available. ”
Evan Fitzpatrick participate in rookie camp Blues, early July.