6'1" 180 pounds
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Aebischer replaced a legend in Patrick Roy and did it with aplomb. He passed the first test with an amazingly consistent body of work in his first season as a starter.
He catches well, if without flair. His mechanics are Roy-esque as he keeps his glove up, with his elbow directly underneath when in his butterfly stance. He has shown vulnerability on his blocker side, giving up goals between the glove and his body.
Aebischer displayed some of the wanderlust tendencies of his predecessor, which didn't always serve him well. In tight, he isn't as active with the use of his stick as many of his contemporaries, leaving pucks in play that might otherwise never make their way to the front of the net.
This is the area of Aebischer's strength. His butterfly stance is tight and his movement from skates to pads is fluid. He has quick feet as well, allowing for excellent corner coverage on low shots.
His three seasons serving as Roy's understudy was time well spent. It is readily apparent that Aebischer worked hard in adopting many of the refinements to the butterfly set up that Patrick Roy introduced. The result is a technically sound netminder that has solid fundamentals to fall back on when things get heated.
Despite a stellar regular season, Aebischer must now step into the arena where Roy's shadow looms largest -- the postseason.