Anton Khudobin

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Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin AHL.jpg
Khudobin as a member of the Houston Aeros
Born (1986-05-07) 7 May 1986 (age 29)
Ust-Kamenogorsk,
Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Minnesota Wild
Boston Bruins
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 206th overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2004–present

Anton Valerievich Khudobin (Russian: Антон Валерьевич Худобин; born 7 May 1986) is a KazakhstaniRussian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round, 206th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, playing for the organization for three-and-a-half years before joining the Boston Bruins via a trade in 2011.

Playing career[edit]

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 squads, earning a gold medal with the under-18 team at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and silver medals with the junior team at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. At the end of this 2003–04 hockey season, Khudobin was drafted by the Minnesota Wild at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in the seventh round, 206th overall.

Khudobin then played as a backup for Metallurg before deciding to move to North America and play in the Canadian major junior hockey system.[1] He opted to join the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the 2005–06 season, helping 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.[2][3]

In 2006, Khudobin returned to Russia and took over back-up goaltendending duties for Metallurg in the Russian Superleague (RSL), helping the team to the league championship. In the summer of 2007, however, three years after initially being drafted, Khudobin signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild.

Khudobin spent the following season splitting time between the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Houston Aeros and the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters, earning top ECHL goaltender honors for 2007–08. In 2009–10, he made the full-time jump to the Aeros and later made his NHL debut for the Wild on 4 February 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 6 February 2010, stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 2–1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[4]

Following a 24 September 2010, pre-season 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 José Théodore to a one-year contract, leaving Khudobin in the number-three position. Soon after the signing Khudobin was returned to Houston.[5] Khudobin was recalled by the Wild on 8 January 2011, to back up Théodore after starter Niklas Bäckström suffered a strained hip flexor. On 12 January, Théodore suffered a similar injury, and Khudobin replaced him in the third period of a 5–1 loss to the Nashville Predators.[6] After a 4–1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on 14 January, Khudobin posted his first career NHL shutout, making 32 saves in a 4–0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.[7]

Nearing the 2011 NHL trade deadline, Khudobin was traded to the Boston Bruins on 28 February 2011, in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. Khudobin was then assigned to the AHL's Providence Bruins.[8] He finished the season strong and was called up as an emergency goalie for Boston during their 2011 Stanley Cup playoff run; he was included in the team's celebratory picture after Boston won in the Finals and was also awarded a Stanley Cup ring for his inclusion in the squad.[9] Due to the fact that he did not play for Boston during the 2010–11 season, however, his name was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.

On 1 July 2011, Khudobin signed a two-year contract extension with the Bruins. On 5 April 2012, Khudobin played his first game with the Bruins, earning himself a win against the Ottawa Senators.[10] He later served as the backup goaltender to Tuukka Rask during the lockout-shortened season.

On 5 July 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 season to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

On 27 June 2015, the second day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Khudobin was traded to the Anaheim Ducks In exchange for James Wisniewski.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 44 23 13 2 1373 114 4 2.90 .917 10 4 6 685 32 0 2.80 .920
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 16 618 28 0 2.72 3 26 1 0 2.30
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 27 20 1 4 1549 51 3 1.98 .934 9 5 2 547 20 1 2.19 .933
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 12 2 2 1 482 16 1 1.99 .911
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 33 18 10 1 1706 77 4 2.71 .907
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 10 3 6 1 512 26 0 3.04 .892 17 8 8 890 30 2 2.70 .900
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 40 14 19 4 2247 91 4 2.43 .907
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 2 0 0 69 1 0 0.87 .979
2010–11 Houston Aeros AHL 34 19 12 1 1883 81 1 2.58 .911
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 4 2 1 0 189 5 1 1.59 .942
2010–11 Providence Bruins AHL 16 9 4 1 901 36 1 2.40 .920
2011–12 Providence Bruins AHL 44 21 19 3 2597 113 2 2.61 .919
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .977
2012–13 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 26 6 14 4 1499 74 1 2.96 .912
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 14 9 4 1 803 31 1 2.32 .920
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 36 19 14 1 2084 80 1 2.30 .926
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 2 1 1 0 119 6 0 3.03 .928
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 34 8 17 6 1920 87 1 2.72 .900
NHL totals 91 41 36 8 5126 205 4 2.40 .919

International[edit]

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
2005 Russia Jr. WJC 5 3 2 0 264 12 0 2.73 .901
2006 Russia Jr. WJC 5 4 1 0 300 11 0 2.20 .933

References[edit]

  1. ^ RussianProspects.com Anton Khudobin Profile
  2. ^ Cory Wolfe (2006-04-16). "Medicine Hat sweeps Blades in four games". The StarPhoenix. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  3. ^ Cory Wolfe (2006-03-24). "Khudobin int'l man of mystery". The StarPhoenix. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  4. ^ Minnesota Wild - Boxscore (6 Feb 2010)
  5. ^ GAMEDAY: Wild at Canadiens (Preseason)
  6. ^ Bruce Brothers (2011-01-11). "Wild goalie Anton Khudobin's second time around with team likely to be brief". Twincities.com. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Khudobin earns first career shutout as Wild blank Canucks". TSN.ca. 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  8. ^ "Bruins acquire Khudobin from Wild for Penner, Lehtonen rights". The Sports Network. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  9. ^ Halford, Mike (5 April 2012). "Boston has been the land of opportunity for goalies this season". Pro Hockey Talk. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bruins vs Senators 04/05/2012". Boston Bruins Official Site. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  11. ^ "Hurricanes acquire Wisniewski from Ducks". National Hockey League. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 

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