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On Saturday morning, I joined my good friends on The Pipeline Show to talk about some pro goaltenders. The “School of Block” segment has been laid to rest due to my new gig with USA Hockey and the NTDP, but we are still going to discuss some pro goaltenders from time-to-time.
We started by talking about the ineffectiveness of Devan Dubnyk. This guy is 27 years old and had one of the best power-play save percentages last season, but so far this season, he has allowed six PPG’s in his first eight games. The team is weak on the PK as a whole, but it’s a team effort, and he needs to be better. There’s no excuse for his fragile and inconsistent play at this stage of his career, so the leash is getting shorter and shorter. Jason LaBarbera hasn’t been good enough, either.
Next we discussed the impressive play of Danish goalie Frederik Andersen and the embarrassment of riches the Anaheim Ducks have in goal. From Jonas Hiller to Igor Bobkov, they’re over-saturated with talent and will likely have to move one of their five assets and make a trade. Viktor Fasth is currently on the shelf with a groin injury, but I’m curious to see if he actually plays another game for the Ducks.
Andersen left the same impression on me that I got from watching Robin Lehner play in his first few NHL games. Andersen will get another start tonight when the Ducks take on the Blue Jackets, so if you get a chance to watch this guy, don’t pass it up. He looked excellent in his first two NHL games.
We closed things up by talking about Cam Talbot’s emergence and opportunity with the New York Rangers, and then the stellar play of Richard Bachman in Oklahoma City.
Before the segment ended, I opined that maybe the Oilers could whip Dubnyk and LaBarbera into shape by recalling Bachman and tossing him into a few games. I’ve seen this tactic played out before a few times and it has worked very well, and even the Oilers did this once with Dwayne Roloson, Jeff Deslauriers, Mathieu Garon, and then Dubnyk when he was much younger.
Sure enough, earlier today, the Oilers recalled Bachman. I guess we’ll soon see how that all plays out, or if there’s an injury to one of the other two Oilers goalies.
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