Splash Mountain

In early December I ranked Devan Dubnyk as the #12 Oiler prospect, saying “he’s in the range of goaltenders with enough ability to get a real chance and he’s also in a group of men who’ll need some luck in order to stay.”

Dubnyk has some luck on his side right now. A season-ending injury to Nikolai Khabibulin and inconsistent play from Jeff Deslauriers have given the 2004 1st round pick an excellent chance to show his stuff at the major league level.

Those of us who have followed him in Kamloops, Stockton and Springfield are used to wide ranging SP totals game to game. Leading into last night, DD’s totals were .889, .903, .929, .862, .731 and .875. Put that on a graph and you’ve got Splash Mountain.

Last night was (I think) Dubnyk’s best night in the NHL and one hopes he can build on it. Despite his draft pedigree Dubnyk’s SP has never implied a sure-fire #1 NHL goalie and we shouldn’t get too carried away about last night’s effort but it’s a story worth following in a lost season.

Dubnyk (and Deslauriers) is climbing up the NHL GP list for Oiler-drafted goalies. Despite drafting over 30 goaltenders over the years only 7 have played more games than Dubnyk and there have been 11 to play in the NHL.

  1. Grant Fuhr 868
  2. Andy Moog 713
  3. Jussi Markkanen 128
  4. Jeff Deslauriers 36
  5. Mike Morrison 29
  6. Daryl Reaugh 27
  7. Joacquin Gage 23
  8. Devan Dubnyk 7
  9. Mike Greenlay 2
  10. Mike Minard 1
  11. Adam Hauser 1

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