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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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The first time Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk saw the San Jose Sharks, they blasted him for six first-period goals. Thursday night he forced the unbeaten Sharks into overtime and then the shootout with the scored tied 2-2. San Jose prevailed, but not before gaining a healthy appreciation for Dubnyk’s potential.Other organizations are noticing him too. “Dubnyk’s always...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Whitney is a a good player and a proud player, a player who was out-of-this-world when he first came to the Oilers in that Lubo Visnovsky trade before he wrecked his ankle stepping in a rut in the Rexall Place ice just after Christmas in 2010, isn’t playing well. He’s way better than he’s looking through the first eight games...
There are three types of players in this world: Those you trade, and those you hang on to.
Sorry, I'm bad at math.
As the Oilers move forward, we know certain players aren't going anywhere: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle, and Nail Yakupov. You can completely ignore any trade rumor involving these five, because it's bogus.
SAN JOSE -- Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk became the first goalie to stop Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, but his Oilers teammates couldn't end the Sharks' other streak. San Jose improved to a perfect 7-0 as Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout for a 3-2 win over the young Oilers on Thursday night. "It was a pretty good road game," Dubnyk said...
Before the lockout shortened season began the clear rookie of the year choice was Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers. He led the AHL in scoring for much of the first part of the season as a rookie defenceman. Projecting that to the NHL he looked like a likely star. He has been a solid rookie. He leads all rookie defencemen with five points so far this year but another...
The Edmonton Oilers served notice in their season opener that they probably won't be pushovers against the Vancouver Canucks this season.
Already with a rare victory over Roberto Luongo, the Oilers look for more success against the Canucks in Monday night's rematch at Rexall Place.
Edmonton (4-3-1) took only one of six 2011-12 meetings against Vancouver, but got off to...