Before the Minnesota Wild acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the club looked like it was sinking like an anchor dropping to the bottom of Lake Minnetonka. Minnesota had lost six consecutive games and was fresh off a 7-2 clubbing by the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Jan. 14, the club acquired the netminder for third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That day kicked off a turnaround of epic proportions Nostradamus wouldn’t have foreseen.
In his first game with the Wild, Dubnyk backstopped a 7-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres, making 18 saves. The netminder never looked back, leading the Wild to the postseason and earning a nod as a Vezina Trophy finalist.