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Future Watch: Devan Dubnyk

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
On November 22, 2009, General Manager Steve Tambellini announced the recall of goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Springfield of the American Hockey League.

Dubnyk, 23, had played in 18 games at the time of call up and he has recorded a 9-8-1 record, 2.77 GAA and a .924 SV%.

The Calgary, AB native was currently third in the AHL in wins and set a Falcons franchise records last year with games played (62) and minutes played (3635). He was drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

So far this season with the Falcons he has stopped 608 shots on goal, and allowed 50 in 18 games. He stands right now with a 2.77 GAA and .924 save percentage.

Dubnyk has been enjoying his time with the Oilers so far. Practicing every day and preparing himself the best he can for when he gets the signal to take his hat off and get in the net.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work,” said Dubnyk. “I’m just waking up every day and enjoying it. I’m trying not to change anything. I’m a pretty laid back guy as far as games go. I don’t have any crazy mental preparation. I just try to be as relaxed as I can and confident in what I can do and have fun. The biggest thing for me is to go out there and try to enjoy it and try to stay loose like I do in Springfield. There’s no point in getting all uptight and getting away from my game.” he explained.

Dubnyk finally got his call in net last Saturday November 28th against the Vancouver Canucks. How can you be totally prepared for your first NHL game especially after your team is already down 4-0?

“It's still stopping pucks,” he said. “You still play goal the same way. Obviously there are some pretty good players out there you have to be aware of but as far as playing, you can't go out there and try to do different things because the guys can shoot the puck better and make plays. You just have to go out there and be confident with what you can do and that's what I tried to do.”

Although Dubnyk did watch three pucks go by him in Vancouver, he said he still had fun out there against a goaltender that he has looked up to.

“I felt pretty good,” Dubnyk said. “Obviously three goals went by so we'll look at that but I thought I settled down in there. It's tough coming off the bench but I was comfortable with the way I played. They made some plays and put the puck in the net. When you get momentum at home, it's a tough thing to stop. Hockey Night in Canada is certainly not the ideal situation, coming in after its 4-0, but it was fun. I've certainly looked up to him [Luongo] in the last few years and it was pretty exciting to get the chance to go up against him.”

As long as Nikolai Khabibulin remains out with back problems, Devan Dubnyk will continue to back up current starter, Jeff Deslauriers. He says he’ll be ready at any time just like in Vancouver if they need him to jump in.


Author: Kristi Hennessy |

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