Khudobin's athleticism has helped the well-traveled goalie fashion a long NHL career, mostly as a backup. But he made the most of his chance in the spotlight with the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With starter Ben Bishop hampered by injuries, Khudobin started 24 of the Stars' 27 games during their run to the Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, going 14-10 with a 2.69 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.
The Minnesota Wild selected Khudobin in the seventh round (No. 206) of the 2004 NHL Draft while he was playing in Russia. Khudobin's pro career in North America got off to a solid start when he had a 20-1-4 record, 1.98 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage for Texas of the ECHL in 2007-08. He also went 2-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 12 games with Houston of the American Hockey League that season.