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Brandon Dubinsky  #17

NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: April 29, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Anchorage, AK, United States
WEIGHT: 216 DRAFTED: NYR / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (60th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> The Rangers' rebuild that began in 2003-04 has paid handsome dividends in form of Dubinsky, the 22-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native whom the Rangers acquired as one of their eight picks in the first three rounds of the 2004 Entry Draft in Raleigh. Selected in the second round, 60th overall, Dubinsky became the sixth-highest Alaskan chosen. <br /> <br /> After developing his game with Portland of the Western Hockey League and with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford, Dubinsky joined the Blueshirts full-time in 2007-08 as one of four rookie regulars and quickly earned a high-profile assignment centering star right wing Jaromir Jagr. He finished the season sixth on the club in scoring with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in 82 games and was voted by Rangers fans as the winner of the Steven McDonald Award for performing 'above and beyond the call of duty.' <br /> <br /> Centering a line with newcomers Nikolai Zherdev and Aaron Voros to the start the 2008-09 season, Dubinsky tallied the game-winning goal in the third period of the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL Premiere season-opener in Prague. Back in North America, he had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting 'Doobie' at the home opener as he struck again, scoring the game-winner in a 4-2 win over Chicago. The Dubinsky-Zherdev-Voros line combined for five goals, 12 points and 32 shots in the Rangers' first four games, all victories, as the Rangers charged out of the gate 5-0-0 and 10-2-1. <br /> <br /> Dubinsky enters this year's inaugural sophomores vs. rookies clash as the reigning MVP of the NHL YoungStars Game, scoring two goals and an assist in the Eastern Conference's 7-6 victory at the 2008 rookie showcase in Atlanta. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On the benefit of developing his game in the AHL: &quot;I learned a lot of things in the American League. I think playing in juniors, I was a little bit one-track minded. I focused on scoring and offense a lot and kind of didn't have a defensive aspect to my game. I kind of relied on my talent level to get me through.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his rookie season: &quot;We had a lot of veteran players who helped me along the way, kind of kept the pressure off me ... [I knew] that guys were willing to accept the fact that I was going to make some mistakes along the way, and that I would ultimately keep getting better and better.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Rangers captain Chris Drury: &quot;He seems like he's getting better by the second. Every game he has more and more confidence, stronger on the puck, everything.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=387613&amp;cmpid=rss">'Doobie Brothers' hit sweet notes for Rangers</a><br /> <a href="http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=383332">Dubinsky ready to take it up a notch </a><br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/03/02/2008-03-02_brandon_dubinsky_blossoms.html">Brandon Dubinsky blossoms</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://rangers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=23431">RangersTV: Youth Clinic</a><br /> <br />
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense