Dubnyk with the Oilers in January 2012
May 4, 1986 |
Regina, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2004
Devan Dubnyk (born May 4, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (14th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Dubnyk was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta.
Dubnyk spent his junior career with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Between 2001 and 2006 he played in 192 games for the Blazers, compiling an 83-87-14 record, 2.70 goals against average (GAA), .911 save percentage and 15 shutouts. In 2004 he was named the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year as the major-junior player best able to combine success on the ice and in school.
Dubnyk began his professional career in 2006 with the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he compiled a strong 24–11–7 record. His 24 wins, 2.56 GAA and .921 save percentage set club records and he was selected to be an ECHL All-Star for the 2006–07 season. In 2007–08 Dubnyk began to play full-time for what was then Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. In three seasons with the Falcons, Dubnyk played 128 games, compiling a 40–75–4 record. In 2008–09, Dubnyk set a club record for most appearances by a goaltender with 62.
Dubnyk was called up to the Oilers early in the 2009–10 season after Oilers starting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin underwent season-ending back surgery. For the remainder of the season he served as back-up to Jeff Deslauriers. Dubnyk made his first NHL appearance on November 28, 2009, replacing Deslauriers in a 7–3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Dubnyk allowed 3 goals on 24 shots. It took him until March 19, 2010, to register a win, and it came via a shootout versus the Detroit Red Wings. Dubnyk made 31 saves in the win. On March 21, 2010, Dubnyk recorded the first regulation win of his career, making 27 saves in a 5–1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
On July 13, 2010, The Oilers re-signed Dubnyk to a two-year contract. The 2010–11 season was Dubnyk's first full season in the NHL and it proved a busy one. He entered the season as the full-time back-up to Nikolai Khabibulin, but injuries to Khabibulin combined with strong play from Dubnyk resulted in the latter registering over 30 starts. He finished the season with a 12–13–8 record on a last-place Oilers squad, impressing the Oilers coaching staff. Oilers coach Tom Renney summed up Dubnyk's season: "As much as we had an idea of how much we wanted to play him, we've played him more, and he's made the best of it." On February 7, 2011, Dubnyk earned his first career shutout by stopping 37 shots in a 4–0 win against the Nashville Predators. He closed out his season by earning back-to-back wins against the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks, stopping 46 of 47 shots against in the process.
On October 9, 2011, Dubnyk started his first career season opener, by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 in the shootout, while stopping 35 shots in the process.
Dubnyk struggled at the beginning of the 2011–12 NHL season posting 4 wins in his first 13 games, along with a 3.03 goals against average, and a 0.902 save percentage. Allowing Nikolai Khabibulin to steal the show, but as Khabibulin started to struggle, Dubnyk got more starts. Dubnyk had a strong second half of the season. Dubnyk earned his chance to be the starting goaltender in the month of March, posting a 6–2–1 record with a 1.95 GAA, and a .934 save percentage, and started in 12 of the Oilers last 13 games, and hasn't surrendered more than 3 goals in 20 straight games. Also winning 16 of the Oilers final 17 games.
On July 6, 2012, Dubnyk signed a 2-year, $7m contract extension. In the 2012–13 NHL season, Dubnyk for the first time opened the year as the Oilers starting goaltender, with a year to be mentored by Nikolai Khabibulin, who was his final year under contract with Edmonton. During the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season, with Dubnyk as the starter, the Oilers finished 12th in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Dubnyk however played relatively well, ending the season with a 2.57 GAA and .920 save percentage in 14 wins and 22 losses, his best career NHL numbers to date, sufficient enough to earn him a second year to be a starter. However, Dubnyk struggled to begin the 2013-14 NHL season, and faced a threat to his starting job by newly signed Ilya Bryzgalov. However, Bryzgalov was hurt in just his third game for the Oilers, temporarily solidifying him as the starter.
However, on January 15, 2014, Dubnyk tenure with the Oilers ended when he was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks. After starting in only two games as a Predator, Devan was sent to the minors on March 3, 2014 to make room for Pekka Rinne returning from LTIR.
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|World Junior Championships|
At the conclusion of the season Dubnyk was named to the Canadian roster for the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Dubnyk appeared in only one game for Canada, stopping all 8 shots he faced in limited action against France.
Shortly After finishing his season with the Oilers, Dubnyk was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Sweden. Serving as a backup to Cam Ward, Dubnyk made his tournament debut against Team France. He made 19 saves on 21 shots as Canada defeated France 2-7. 5 days later, he made his second appearance in the tournament against Team Kazakhstan, earning a shutout in an 8-0 victory. This is also the last game that Dubnyk started in the world championships as he would backup Cam Ward the next game against Team Slovakia, a quarterfinal match which Canada lost to the Slovaks.
During the 2012 NHL Lockout, Dubnyk was named to participate in the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. The news comes after Dubnyk's 8 month break from hockey, majorly due to the NHL work stoppage. Along with fellow NHL goaltender Jonathan Bernier, Dubnyk shared net duties during the tournament round robin. After an overtime loss by Team Canada to Adler Mannheim in their tournament debut, Dubnyk started the next match against HC Davos. He stopped 25 shots on net in the shutout effort as Canada wins 5-0 to clinch a spot in the semifinals. Later he would face HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the semifinal match, he stopped 25 shots on goal to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory. In the final game, Dubnyk once again got the call against HC Davos as starting goaltender after 2 stellar performances in the tournament. Canada would eventually win the final by a score of 7-2, thanks to a part of Dubnyk's performance (28 saves on 30 shots).
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- Devan Dubnyk's player profile at NHL.com
- Devan Dubnyk's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Article listing Dubnyk's early successes
|Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick