This is Devan Dubnyk. Not much about him is “normal”, from the spelling of his name to the 6-5, 205 frame he uses to stop rubber for a living. He looks a bit gangly, and has an “aw, shucks” smile in pretty much every photo on the net.
Dubnyk was awarded the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year award a few years ago. Does anyone know what that means? It’s probably a very fine thing to win, but it’s easy to joke about it and say he was probably the one WHL player who did all his homework in 2004.
I’m always hesitant to list scouting reports on goalies, because they have the same words they’ve been printing since Bernie Parent: positioning is good, has a quick glove, plays angles well, aggressive, controls rebounds, helps ladies across the street, looks respectful during the anthem. Non-drinker, nickname “saloon doors.”
However, here’s what Guy Flaming from Hockey’s Future writes about him: Above all, Dubnyk possesses the one great talent no coach can teach: size. At 6’5, Dubnyk gives very little of the net up to opposition shooters, and often looks like NHL goaltenders Olaf Kolzig and Sean Burke between the pipes with his hulking size. Very strong positioning and great rebound control are two other strong characteristics of Dubnyk’s play in the net.Consistency is an issue and Dubnyk, despite taking up as much of the net as he does, still has a tendency to let in a soft goal and can get visually shaken by it. Mental maturity will help overcome that flaw.
What does it all MEAN? Look, goalies who are confident can look like Larry King and get the job done, and I’ve seen HOF goalies look like they’re Tommy.
Save percentage is the one thing we can hang our hats on, that and previous resume. Here, as of this evening, is the list of the top active AHL rookie goalies in terms of save percentage:
- Devan Dubnyk .912
- Tuuka Rask .894
- Erik Ersberg .888
- Cory Schneider .878
Jonas Hiller had a higher SP before being recalled, and Dubnyk is tied for 17th in the AHL (Deslauriers has a SP of .923 and ranks 7th overall). Dubnyk’s 1st month in the league was terrific and he’s tailed off since, but JDD had one of his “Hyde” nights this evening and one suspects DD will get a few more chances moving forward.