A recent interview with Guy Flaming on the Team’s Pipeline show gave us an indication about just how much confidence Devan Dubnyk has in his ability. He basically said he’s coming to camp this fall with the idea that he’s staying with the big club until someone tells him he doesn’t belong. Dubnyk feels he has progressed at the minor league level and is ready to make the next step.
The numbers suggest Dubnyk is not an elite level AHL goalie (the Canucks have a guy named Schneider who is by the way–rich getting richer although Manitoba’s SP’s look ridiculous) based on the math but the “saw him good” bunch are getting a little giddy.
- NHL Scout: “He’s the best goaltender in the league, and he’s got the worst record.” After watching the Falcons lose a Jan. 30 game at Worcester.
- Rob Daum: “In Devan’s case, losing is part of the challenge. He has to concentrate on his performance, not on the outcome. That’s the way to evaluate him. And the mental toughness has to be there for the next game. He did a very good job in that game.”
- Jeff Truitt: “Devan’s a workhorse. He was a workhorse then, and he is now. Back in junior, the more he would play, the better he would get, and here he’s getting better and better.”
- Lowell Devils coach Kurt Kleinendorst: “He’s big in the net. He’s got a nice presence about him, very calming. You can see the potential in him.”
- Craig MacTavish, September 2006: “(Dubnyk ) was unreal. He played exceptionally well.”
- Goalie Coach Pete Peeters: “You see how many shots that guy faced (1,910 in 62 games)? And his save percentage (.906)? I thought he played really well, considering the team he played on. You have to be tough mentally when you’re not winning that many games and putting in those kind of performances.”
If we’re making a list of players who might shoot up the depth chart in the next 12 months Devan Dubnyk would be at the top of my list.