By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
Filling the void between the pipes left behind by Jeremy Brodeur will be no easy task, but for Oshawa Generals new starting goaltender Kyle Keyser, he says he’s up for the challenge.
“I feel like I’ve done the preparation, I’ve done everything that I have needed to do in the past two years and I’m ready to go now. I mean, it’s all about going out there, playing, reacting, doing the things that I always do,” he says. “It feels good obviously, you want to have that confidence in your team and your coaches that know you’re the number one guy and I’ve been waiting the past two years to kind of get this opportunity and I’m not ready to let it go anytime soon.”
Last season, Keyser made 26 appearances for Oshawa managing seven wins and nine losses, maintaining a 3.40 goals against average and 0.891 save percentage. Most notably, Keyser had the opportunity to step in during the second round playoff against the Mississauga Steelheads making 36 saves in the season finale.
And while spending most of his time behind the bench in the back-up spot, Keyser says he’s gained a lot from watching Brodeur on the ice.
“I definitely took some things from him for sure, so having him as the guy last year and kind of learning from him helped a lot,” he says.
For assistance coach Greg Nemisz, the team has a lot of depth in the goaltending position, but choosing Keyser as the starter was a no-brainer.
“We have full confidence in Kyle,” he says. “He’s a really talented goalie and he’s going to be a big reason why we win games this year.”
The Generals open their season on the road on Sept. 22 against the Sudbury Wolves before a road trip takes them to Sault Ste. Marie, Peterborough and Guelph before returning for the home opener on Oct. 1 against the London Knights.