Devan Dubnyk

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Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-3.jpg
Dubnyk in 2012 with Team Canada
Born (1986-05-04) May 4, 1986 (age 30)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators
Arizona Coyotes
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2004
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2006–present

Devan Dubnyk (born May 4, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 14th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Dubnyk was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

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. At the conclusion of the 2003–04 season, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) named Dubnyk the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year as the CHL player "best able to combine success on the ice and in school."

During the 2004 off-season, Dubnyk was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, 14th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional[edit]

Edmonton[edit]

Dubnyk while playing for the Springfield Falcons.

Dubnyk began his professional career in 2006 with the Stockton Thunder of the 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.[1] In 2007–08, he 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 by Edmonton 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 the team's 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, allowing three goals on 24 shots.[2] He recorded his first career NHL win on March 19, 2010, via a shootout with the Detroit Red Wings; Dubnyk made 31 saves in the win.[3] On March 21, Dubnyk recorded the first regulation win of his career, making 27 saves in a 5–1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.[4] On July 13, 2010, Edmonton re-signed Dubnyk to a two-year contract.[5]

The 2010–11 season was Dubnyk's first full season in the NHL, beginning the year as Nikolai Khabibulin's backup. Injuries to Khabibulin, however, combined with strong play from Dubnyk, resulted in the latter registering over 30 starts for the Oilers. Dubnyk ultimately finished the season with a 12–13–8 record for a last-place Oilers squad, impressing the Oilers coaching staff. Then-Edmonton Head 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."[6] On February 7, 2011, Dubnyk earned his first career shutout after stopping 37 shots in a 4–0 win against the Nashville Predators.[7] 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.[8]

Dubnyk with the Oilers in January 2012

On October 9, 2011, Dubnyk started his first career season opener, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2–1 in the shootout while stopping 35 shots in the process. Dubnyk, however, struggled at the beginning of the 2011–12 season, recording four wins in his first 13 games along with a 3.03 GAA and a 0.902 save percentage, allowing Nikolai Khabibulin to temporarily reclaim the starter's role. As Khabibulin began to struggle, however, Dubnyk reclaimed a large portion of Edmonton's starting opportunities, finishing with a strong second half to the season. Dubnyk earned his chance to be the starting goaltender in March 2012, posting a 6–2–1 record with a 1.95 GAA and a .934 save percentage and starting 12 of the Oilers' final 13 games. At that point, he had not surrendered more than three goals in 20-straight games, and also won 16 of the Oilers' final 17 games. During the subsequent off-season, on July 6, Dubnyk signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with Edmonton.

In the 48-game, shortened 2012–13 season, Dubnyk, for the first time in his career, opened the year as the Oilers' starting goaltender. The Oilers ultimately finished 12th in the Western Conference, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.[9] Dubnyk, however, enjoyed relative success, ending the season with a 2.57 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 14 wins and 22 losses, his then-best career NHL statistics, sufficient enough to earn him a second year to be a starter.[10]

Despite the previous season's personal success, Dubnyk struggled to begin the 2013–14 season, and faced a threat to his starting job by newly signed veteran Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov, however, was injured in just his third game for the Oilers, temporarily solidifying Dubnyk as Edmonton's starter.

Nashville, Montreal and Arizona[edit]

On January 15, 2014, Edmonton traded Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks.[11] After starting in only two games as a Predator, Dubnyk was sent to the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals on March 3 to accommodate goaltender Pekka Rinne's return from long-term injured reserve.[12] Two days later, on March 5, Dubnyk was again traded, this time to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for future considerations from Nashville. He was then immediately assigned to Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, failing to make an appearance for Montreal.[13]

On July 1, 2014, as an unrestricted free agent, Dubnyk signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.[14] He recorded a 9–5–2 record with the Coyotes, crediting Arizona Goaltending Coach Sean Burke for helping him regain his confidence and form in goal.[15]

Minnesota[edit]

In the midst of a return to form in the 2014–15 season as Mike Smith's backup with the Coyotes, on January 15, 2015, Dubnyk was traded from struggling Arizona to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[16] Dubnyk immediately became Minnesota's starter. Minnesota was eight points out of a 2015 playoff spot when Dubnyk made his Wild debut, a shutout victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He would soon set a Minnesota franchise record with 38-straight starts following his acquisition, posting a 27–9–2 with a 1.78 GAA, .936 save percentage and five shutouts. He also was the winning goaltender in 11 of the Wild's 12 consecutive road wins, from February 18 to April 9, that tied the 2005–06 Detroit Red Wings for the longest such run in League history. Dubnyk and the Wild ultimately clinched a playoff berth, and on April 20, Dubnyk recorded his first career playoff shutout, blanking the St. Louis Blues in a 3–0 Wild victory in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. On April 24, Dubnyk was shortlisted as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, along with Montreal's Carey Price and Nashville's Pekka Rinne for goaltender of the year honours.[17]

At the NHL Awards Show on June 24, 2015, Dubnyk was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for helping lead the Wild to the playoffs while simultaneously resurrecting his career. He also finished third in Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in Hart Memorial Trophy voting, the latter as League MVP. While he was named in the NHL Second All-Star Team.[18]

On July 4, 2015, Dubnyk, as an unrestricted free agent, opted to remain with the Wild, signing a six-year, $26 million contract at an average annual value of $4.33 million. The terms of the deal were initially agreed-upon on June 26, just prior to his free agent status came into effect on July 1.[19] Dubnyk's high level of play continued, and he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game in January 2016.[20]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 2012 Davos

Dubnyk was a member of Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, though he did not see any action behind starter Justin Pogge, who backstopped Canada to the gold medal.

Four years later, Dubnyk was named to the Canadian senior roster for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, though he also did not see any action in the tournament.[21]

At the conclusion of the 2010–11 season, Dubnyk was named to the Canadian roster for the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.[22] He appeared in only one game for Canada, stopping all eight shots he faced in limited action against France.[23]

Shortly after finishing his season with the Oilers in 2011–12, Dubnyk again was named to Canada's roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Sweden. Serving as a backup to Cam Ward, he made his tournament debut against France, stopping 19 saves of 21 shots in a 7–2 victory.[24] Five days later, he made his second appearance in the tournament, against Kazakhstan, earning a shutout in an 8–0 victory.[25] This was his final appearance in the tournament, as in the next game, starter Cam Ward and Canada were defeated by Slovakia in the tournament quarterfinal.

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Dubnyk was named to participate in the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.[26] Along with fellow NHL goaltender Jonathan Bernier, Dubnyk shared net duties during the tournament's round-robin stage. After an overtime loss to German club Adler Mannheim in Canada's tournament debut, Dubnyk started the next match against HC Davos, stopping all 25 shots en route to a 5–0 win, and a spot in the tournament semifinals.[27] Later, Dubnyk would face HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the semifinals, saving 25 of 26 shots in 5–1 Canadian victory. In the tournament final, Dubnyk once again got the call, starting against HC Davos in a 7–2 victory. Dubnyk's made 28 saves from 30 shots as Canada won gold.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Kamloops Blazers WHL 3 1 1 0 143 13 0 5.45 .838
2002–03 Kamloops Blazers WHL 26 12 8 1 1279 66 2 3.10 .907
2003–04 Kamloops Blazers WHL 44 20 18 5 2533 106 6 2.51 .917 4 1 3 245 12 0 2.94 .874
2004–05 Kamloops Blazers WHL 65 23 34 7 3699 166 6 2.69 .912 6 2 4 363 22 0 3.64 .886
2005–06 Kamloops Blazers WHL 54 27 26 1 3207 136 1 2.54 .912
2006–07 Stockton Thunder ECHL 43 24 11 7 2529 108 2 2.56 .921 6 2 4 395 18 0 2.73 .913
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 4 2 1 0 204 10 0 2.94 .855
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 33 9 17 0 1772 92 0 3.12 .904
2008–09 Springfield Falcons AHL 62 18 41 2 3635 180 3 2.97 .906
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 33 13 17 2 1985 100 0 3.02 .915
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 4 10 2 1075 64 0 3.57 .889
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 12 13 8 2061 93 2 2.71 .916
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 20 20 3 2653 118 2 2.67 .914
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 38 14 16 6 2101 90 2 2.57 .920
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 32 11 17 2 1678 94 2 3.36 .894
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 1 1 124 9 0 4.35 .850
2013–14 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 8 2 5 1 415 23 2 3.33 .893
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 19 9 5 2 1035 47 1 2.72 .916
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 39 27 9 2 2293 68 6 1.78 .936 10 4 6 570 24 1 2.53 .908
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 67 32 26 6 3862 150 5 2.33 .918 6 2 4 359 20 0 3.34 .877
NHL totals 298 129 117 32 16,883 733 19 2.61 .915 16 6 10 930 44 1 2.84 .896

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Canada U18 6 3 3 0 357 12 1 2.02 -
2011 Canada WC 1 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
2012 Canada WC 2 2 0 0 120 2 1 1.00 0.956
2013 Canada WC 4 4 0 0 242 6 0 1.48 0.913

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2015
NHL Second All-Star Team 2015
NHL All-Star Game 2016, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stockton Thunder team history". Stockton Thunder.com. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Canucks 7, Oilers 3". NHL.com. 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Red Wings rally from 2-down but fall in shootout". ESPN.com. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Dubnyk leads Oilers past Sharks, 5-1". National Post. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Oilers give Dubnyk 2-year deal". CBC Sports. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  6. ^ Joanne Ireland (2011-04-07). "Dubnyk's play earned Oilers goalie extra starts this season". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Dubnyk earns first career shutout in win over Predators". TSN. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Oil Change". Sportsnet. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=666929
  10. ^ http://oilers.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471227
  11. ^ "Oilers deal Dubnyk to Predators; Acquire Scrivens from Kings". The Sports Network. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  12. ^ "Devan Dubnyk: Placed on Waivers". Rotowire. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  13. ^ "Canadiens acquire Devan Dubnyk". ESPN. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  14. ^ "Coyotes Sign Dubnyk to One-Year Contract". NHL.com. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  15. ^ Woodley, Kevin (February 3, 2015). "Wild goalie Dubnyk feeling comfortable, confident". NHL. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Wild acquire Dubnyk from Coyotes for third-round pick". TSN. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  17. ^ "Dubnyk, Price, Rinne voted Vezina Trophy finalists". NHL. April 24, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ Russo, Michael. "Dubnyk's wild year continues with winning the Masterton Trophy". startribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wild sign Dubnyk to six-year contract". NHL. July 4, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Dubnyk Heading To NHL All-Star Game". wild.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  21. ^ Joanne Ireland (2010-05-15). "Dubnyk answers call for Team Canada". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  22. ^ Joanne Ireland (2011-04-13). "Eberle, Dubnyk join Team Canada for world championships". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  23. ^ "Game Summary" (PDF). IIHF. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  24. ^ "Canada pounds France at hockey worlds". CBC News. 
  25. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/05/12/sp-iihf-hockey-world-championships-canada-kazakhstan.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Oilers Dubnyk gets call to play for Canada". Edmonton Journal. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  27. ^ "Canada books place in Spengler Cup semifinals". TSN. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  28. ^ "Canada defeats HC Davos in Cup final". CBC News. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marc Pouliot
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Rob Schremp
Preceded by
Dominic Moore
Winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
2015
Succeeded by
Jaromir Jagr