Devan Dubnyk made a major error last night on the 2-1 goal, but he also made some enormous saves late in the game as Edmonton took two points from the San Jose Sharks. Dubnyk has been inconsistent this season, enjoying a strong January and then a poor February. Is Devan Dunbyk blowing his chance to be an NHL starter?
When it comes to Oiler goalie draft picks who ended up having careers, there’s Grant Fuhr, Andy Moog and then a massive gap to Jussi Markkanen. Devan Dubnyk is already 4th on the all-time list of Oilers drafts at the position (89) and he’s about one season away from catching the Finn. Fuhr? He’s 779 games behind Fuhr and trails Moog by 624.
Dubnyk’s stats are very interesting. His SP by discipline:
- EV: .921, tied for 22nd among regulars with Pavelec (WPG) and Varlamov (COL)
- PP: .843, 59th in the NHL
- PK: .852, 62nd in the NHL
Weird stats, no doubt. The PP SP is very poor and costly. I wonder if there’s something to the Darren Pang comments David Staples discussed a month ago (I won’t quote the entire item, but Pang said “I did a poll of four NHL GMs about Devan Dubnyk and asked them what they thought his upside would be as a #1 goaltender. The answer coming back is: No.”) in which the former goalie focused on DD’s lack of lateral movement? That might be part of the difficulty on the PP.
Edmonton’s summer 2012 is going to be a big one. The GM and coach of this team are going to need strong goaltending to make up for holes and youth elsewhere. I think the Oilers would be wise to bring back Dubnyk as the number one, but also have a strong option as a backup–stronger than the fading Nikolai Khabibulin. Is it Ben Bishop as a backup who might be better? Cory Schneider, a clear number one for the future? Josh Harding, a player who might emerge?
What say you?