The Oilers drafted Andy Moog from Billings (WHL) 28 years ago and they picked Grant Fuhr from Victoria (WHL) one year later.
After that, when the Oilers shopped in the goalie bin it was a series of mid-round longshots and a very few guys who failed despite being picked in the general area where hockey players can be found most seasons.
It’s still too soon to tell, but the most recent duo are beginning to show some signs of actually being quality goaltenders. Jeff Deslauriers is having a tremendous (if short) run in the NHL and Devan Dubnyk is having a November for the ages.
As of today, Dubnyk’s November numbers (2-1-1, 1.69 and .949) represent a high water mark for his career. His overall AHL numbers this season (6-5-1, 2.53 and .918) would be getting all kinds of attention from fans and the organization in a normal season. His .918SP ranks him 9th in the AHL and is better than our agreed upon “line in the sand” for Dubnyk (we agreed he needed to be .915 or better) in his big chance in the AHL.
The reason he isn’t getting a ton of attention? Jeff Deslauriers. Slim Pickens would be up in arms over this turn of events. A second round pick whose minor league career has not given an indication of greatness is playing like Bernie Parent. Admittedly it’s a very short sample and with his SP at .951 it cannot last (historically speaking) forever, but for now the kid is 3-0 and making the Prendergast draft era scouting group look like gold.
Good for them. They certainly have endured a shellacking over the 2002 draft (the “Niinimaki Plaza” draft) so this development improves the average at least a little. And who knows, maybe this guy is the real deal. Either way, I’m going to enjoy it while the good times roll.