Khudobin as a member of the Houston Aeros
May 7, 1986 |
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
Atlant Moscow Oblast
|NHL Draft||206th overall, 2004
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
Anton Valerievich Khudobin (Russian: Антон Валерьевич Худобин; born May 7, 1986) is a Kazakh professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild 206th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and has also played for the Boston Bruins.
Khudobin began his hockey career in his native Kazakhstan, but moved to Russia at a young age and joined the Metallurg hockey school in Magnitogorsk in order to develop his game at a higher level. He was a consistent starter for Russia's national junior squad, earning a gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and silver medals at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He played as a backup for HC Metallurg before deciding to move to North America and play in the Canadian major-junior system. Khudobin played with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League for the 2005-06 season, and helped them to their best regular-season finish in over a decade and backstopped them past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in six years. In 2006 he returned to Russia and took over back-up duties with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague (RSL), helping the team to the league championship. In the summer of 2007, three years after being drafted, Khudobin signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Khudobin spent the following season splitting time between the AHL's Houston Aeros and the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters, earning top ECHL goaltender honors for 2007-08. In 2009-10 Khudobin made the full-time jump to the Aeros, and made his NHL debut for the Wild on February 4, 2010, replacing the injured Josh Harding in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He made his first NHL start two days later on February 6, 2010, stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Following a September 24, 2010 preseason knee injury to Harding, the Wild's full-time back-up goaltender, Khudobin was expected to take over that role for the Wild. However, the Wild opted instead to sign Jose Theodore to a one year contract, leaving Khudobin in the number-three position. Soon after the signing Khudobin was returned to Houston.
Khudobin was recalled by the Wild on January 8, 2011 to back up Theodore after starter Niklas Bäckström suffered a strained hip flexor. On January 12, Theodore suffered a similar injury, and Khudobin replaced him in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. After a 4-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on January 14, Khudobin posted his first career NHL shutout, making 32 saves in a 4-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
Khudobin was traded to the Boston Bruins on February 28, 2011 in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. He was assigned to the AHL's Providence Bruins. He finished the season strong and was called up as an emergency goalie for Boston during the playoffs. Khudobin was included on the team picture, and awarded a Stanley Cup ring. Since he did not play for Boston during the 2010-11 season his name could not be included on the Stanley Cup. On July 1, 2011, Khudobin signed a two-year contract extension with the Bruins. He served as the backup goaltender to Tuukka Rask during the lockout shortened season . On April 5, 2012, Khudobin played his first game with Boston earning himself a win against the Ottawa Senators.
On July 5, 2013, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Khudobin as a free agent to one-year one-way, $800,000 contract. He was later re-signed by the Hurricanes following the 2013-14 NHL Season to a two year contract worth $4.5 million.
Regular season and playoffs
|2012–13||Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL||26||6||14||4||1499||74||1||2.96||.912||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Year||Team||Event||GP||W||L||T / OT||MIN||GA||SO||GAA||SV%|
|2004||Russia Jr.||WJC U18||6||4||0||2||360||13||0||2.17||.915|
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