Avalanche at Oilers, G80, 09-10

This is Devan Dubnyk. I’ve followed his career since the day the Oilers drafted him, and found myself cheering for the kid at some point early on. It might have been all the shorthanded situations he faced in Kamloops, or maybe its just the idea of a kid this big being an actual NHL goalie (visions of Ken Dryden, etc).

Dubnyk’s career progress has not been a smooth transition from one level to the next, but the big man has shown enough at each level to move up the depth chart. DD now finds himself at a point where he and another young goalie need to be protected from waivers in the fall, and neither man has established himself as an NHL player.

I think the Oilers may run with three goaltenders again next season. I’ve been in favor of cutting bait with either goaltender (would prefer to flush Khabibulin) but at this point it might be worthwhile to see a little more. This team isn’t going to make a Stanley run spring 2011, and Devan Dubnyk looks like he might be a player. Since this rebuild appears to be starting at the foundation, there’s plenty of time to see if he’s the real thing.

Colorado won last night, and combined with the Flames loss it means Calgary will miss the second season. I can’t imagine how that team goes about the business of deciding if this is the summer to offload Iginla and Kipper, as well as those 10 or 12 guys Sutter picked up at the deadline. What a mess.

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