Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/02/13 at 08:09 AM ET
from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers’ only realistic internal choice in net right now is Devan Dubnyk.
Backup Nikolai Khabibulin is playing out the string off a brilliant career that should have ended before he joined the team; he’s old, often injured, not very good when healthy and above all not a credible alternative to Dubnyk. The organization has been reluctant to use third-stringer Yann Danis, a minor-league journeyman with impressive credentials but who is suffering through a hard season. Beyond those two, it’s hard to find a competent AHL starter, let alone an NHL option.
But how does Dubnyk compare to other goaltenders, outside the Oilers organization? Because there are still plenty of questions around Dubnyk – he has never been a full-season starter in the NHL – a comparison to other goalies from recent seasons should offer some guidance as to what to expect from the player.
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