Dubnyk’s game is built largely around his 6’5″ frame and his ability to cut down angles. While he is short on agility, his ability to square up shooters and take away many portions of the net make him difficult to beat straight up. The Oilers’ defense needs to improve and nurture the style that Dubnyk plays and cover up his shortcomings. Meaning, the Oilers defense will have to cut down on other teams’ trying cross ice passes in order to get Dubnyk moving. Dubnyk is much more effective when he can stay stationary.
If I Could Grant One Wish – Endurance: Dubnyk has shown many times in the past that when he gets too many games in a row, his game falters. Not a good sign for someone trying to establish himself as a starting goaltender. At the end of the 2012 season, Dubnyk had a strong last month, getting most of the starts and helping the Oilers finish the season on a semi-strong note. The question is, does he continue that strong run or does he go back to his ways of being inconsistent and flaky? It’s a question that many Oilers’ fans want to know the answer to.
Prediction For 2013 – Will Play The Most Games In Goal For The Oilers: I think this prediction is pretty safe considering how Nikolai Khabibulin has shown he cannot carry the ball full time for the Oilers, as he heads into the twilight of his career. For better or for worse, Dubnyk will get his shot. What he does with that shot is up to him.