28-Year-Old Goalie – Carolina Hurricanes
Anton Khudobin Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Hurricanes in March 2014.
Khudobin surrendered five goals on 28 shots faced in Friday's 6-3 loss to Edmonton.
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|2014-15 Proj||28||NHL||CAR||52||Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Anton Khudobin|
Age is determined on October 1st of each season.No Yes
|Oct. 24||at EDM||0||1||0||5.08||5||28||23||.821|
|Oct. 23||at CGY||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 21||at WPG||0||1||0||3.10||3||26||23||.885|
|Oct. 16||at NYR||0||0||1||0.94||1||34||33||.971|
|Oct. 14||BUF||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 11||at NYI||0||1||0||4.14||4||31||27||.871|
|Oct. 10||NYI||Did Not Play|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Khudobin, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Carolina in July, spent last season with the Bruins as Tuukka Rask's backup, recording a 9-4-1 record. He has talent and the potential to give Carolina solid goaltending the nights Ward does not play. But given that Ward is firmly entrenched as the Canes' top netminder, Khudobin's opportunities for playing time will likely be few and far between.
Khudobin, who has only played in seven NHL games (five starts) to date, amassed a 5-1-0 record and .961 save percentage between Minnesota and Boston. He will now have the opportunity to back up Tuukka Rask, in the wake of Tim Thomasí departure from the Bruins. The 26-year-old has been sharp in his limited NHL action, but the sample size is obviously small. Either way, Khudobin makes a sneaky end-game grab as a handcuff to Rask, given the sound brand of defensive hockey the Bruins play in front of whomever is between the pipes for them.
Khudobin, who has looked sharp in very brief NHL stints over the last two seasons, will be penciled in as the No. 1 goalie for AHL Providence and provides nice insurance if either Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask is injured at any point.
Khudobin will be the backup to Niklas Backstrom after Josh Harding was lost for the season with a knee injury. He had 2.43 GAA with Houston of the AHL and two impressive starts with the Wild. He was a rising prospect with the Wild, so the Wild may not see a big dropoff from Harding. However, as a rookie he may not get as many starts initially as Harding did in the backup role. UPDATE: The Wild signed Jose Theodore in September, meaning Khudobin is likely the No. 3 goalie in Minnesota now.
Khudobin has bounced between the AHL and ECHL the last two years, and has yet to make his NHL debut for the Wild. Consistency is a problem for the 23-year old, which is something he will need to address if he hopes to crack the Wild roster this season. Even then, he'll likely need injuries - or a trade - ahead of him on the organizational depth chart to move into the NHL.
Khudobin denied pucks with ease in the AHL and ECHL, based upon robust goals-against totals -- 1.99 and 1.98 respectively in 2007-08. The teams that the Russian played for include the Houston Aeros (Wild affiliate) and the Texas Wildcatters. Minnesota locked his services with a three-year entry-level contract in 2007, a move that will allow Khudobin to learn how to better position himself in goal and become more consistent for future NHL consideration.
The 19-year-old Russian will try to win the backup job to Nolan Schaefer for Houston of the American Hockey League this season. He had a 2.72 GAA playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia last year.