Devan Dubnyk continues to work toward the #1 job in Edmonton’s net one small step at a time.
Devan Dubnyk 10-11
- Boxcars: 35gp, 2.71
- SP: .916
- WLT: 12-13-8
- SP behind starter: Dubnyk was 26 points clear of the veteran
Devan Dubnyk 11-12
- Boxcars: 42gp, 2.67
- SP: .914
- WLT: 20-20-3
- SP behind starter: Dubnyk was the starter, 4 clear of NK
- What do these numbers tell us? Dubnyk was the best goalie on the roster again, and at this point has earned the starting job. Edmonton may choose to add someone who pushes Dubnyk, but the starting goaltender is DD.
- How could these numbers be better? Consistency and better performance on the PK. Dubnyk’s SP numbers by discipline: .927 (tied for 13th) at evens; .854 on the PK and .862 on the PP.
- Is he a #1 goalie? We’re finding out. It’s difficult to assess him in one way because Dubnyk has always played for poor teams going all the way back to junior. He’s kind of a modern Gilles Meloche.
- Is he a #1 goalie? Looks like it, mid-pack #1 who might be able to move up the overall rankings when this team cuts back on the chaos in front of him.
- IS he a #1 goalie? Ask Asiaoil, he knows goalies better than I do. I’m cheering for the young man and he has improved his consistency. Beyond that, I think he’s a good sport for doing those commercials. This is the extent of my goaltending predicting acumen.
- Should the Oilers be trying to acquire a strong backup or a starter? I think the Oilers would be wise to aim high, not so much to push Dubnyk back but to make sure they’re well covered.
- Is he the best Oiler draft at G since Fuhr? Yes, but that’s not saying a helluva lot. Jussi Markkanen was good but we didn’t see him for a lot of years. I’ll say Dubnyk.
- Well he won the race with Deslauriers. So far, but that race isn’t over either . Deslauriers got some NHL action–not much–so he’s still on the radar. Sometimes these guys have to impress in the minors for awhile before getting back to the show.
- Like Pouliot? Pouliot isn’t all the way back yet, but he’s looking good and probably gets another look with the Coyotes.
- Back to Dubnyk. Renney seems unconvinced. Coach Renney seemed to be running Khabibulin out there a lot, I agree. Veteran coaching staffs like veteran goalies, but the results weren’t there forever from the Russian. So I agree, Renney doesn’t seem convinced.
- Tambellini says ‘Nik will be back.’ Tambellini says a lot of stuff, but one would think Edmonton has a strong AHL option available. Khabibulin looks done to me.
- He looked done to you a year ago. And he was save for the opening hot streak.
- What does Dubnyk need to establish himself in the NHL? He has already established himself imo to the point where Edmonton will likely be comfortable having him start the season as #1. Now, that’s not the same as DD establishing himself as the “goalie for the Hall-Nuge years” but he has an enormous opportunity.
- What does he have to do? Said it above, be more consistent and improve on special teams.
- So he’s fine at evens? .927 is a pretty good number, especially in front of this defense.
- What would a good season in 12-13 look like? 50 starts, north of 25 wins and a SP around .920.
- Can he do it? I think he can.
- NHL prediction for 11-12: 40, 2.90 .917
- NHL actual 11-12: 42, 2.67 .914