Anton Khudobin

Anton Khudobin

35-Year-Old GoalieG
Dallas Stars
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Stars as a team didn't have a very good 2020-21 season and Khudobin was no exception. The Russian netminder saw his GAA rise from 2.22 to 2.54 and his save percentage drop from .930 to .905 compared to the previous campaign. Ben Bishop missed the entire season, as expected, but youngster Jake Oettinger emerged as an effective platoon mate for Khudobin. If that's not bad enough, the Stars went out and unexpectedly handed Braden Holtby a one-year, $2.5 million deal this offseason. Khudobin is better than Holtby at this stage of their respective careers, but he's also 35 years old and the 22-year-old Oettinger is clearly the goaltender of the future in Dallas. Good luck figuring out this rotation. Risk-averse fantasy players may want to avoid the Dallas goaltending situation all together on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension with the Stars in October of 2020.
Shelled for seven in Minnesota
GDallas Stars
November 18, 2021
Khudobin surrendered seven goals on 26 shots in Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Wild.
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It was a rough day at the office for Khudobin, who gave up only two goals until the latter stages of the second period before Ryan Hartman made it 3-0 with 1:01 left in the middle frame and the floodgates opened in the third. It will take some time for the veteran Russian's stat line to recover from this outing, though it didn't look so hot to begin with, as Khudobin has mustered a save percentage above .900 only twice in six starts this season.
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Khudobin turned in a strong regular season with a 2.22 GAA, a .930 save percentage and a 16-8-4 record in 30 appearances. However, it was his playoff work, where he had a 14-10 record, a 2.69 GAA and a .917 save percentage in place of an injured Ben Bishop, that earned Khudobin a three-year contract this offseason. Khudobin underwent arm surgery in October, but he's expected to be ready for training camp, and he's currently penciled in as the Stars' top option in net with Bishop out until at least March. The 34-year-old Khudobin has rarely seen better than a platoon role, but he's capable of playing well over long stretches. He projects as a top-20 goalie for the first half of the season, at least.
Brought over from Boston to provide veteran insurance behind the injury-prone Ben Bishop, Khudobin ended up putting together one of the best seasons of his career, playing in a career-high 41 games and posting a .923 save percentage, his best performance in that category since 2013-14. The 33-year-old would be over-extended in a full starting role, but his reliability allowed coach Jim Montgomery to lessen Bishop's workload, and both netminders thrived. Khodubin isn't necessarily headed for regression, either. The Stars' mobile, talented young blue line corps could take a major step forward in 2019-20, which would benefit both goalies.
Khudobin finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-6-7 record in 31 games, including a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage. In the process, he solidified the Bruins' No. 2 goalie slot, enabling the team to manage the work of starter Tuukka Rask. While Khudobin seemed amenable to a return to Boston, the team elected to go in another direction (Jaroslav Halak) through free agency, and Khudobin inked a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Stars to back up Ben Bishop.
After a dreadful 1-5-1 start in 2016-17, Khudobin rallied to go 6-1-0 late in the season, at least temporarily solidifying the team’s No. 2 goaltending slot behind undisputed starter Tuukka Rask. The 31-year-old Khudobin will now need to look very sharp in training camp if he wants to retain the role. He figures to face a serious challenge on that front from well-regarded prospect Malcolm Subban as well as 2016-17 AHL stalwart Zane McIntyre.
Khudobin is back in Boston after signing a two-year extension worth $1.2 million per season. Barring injury or an unexpected trade, he’ll back up undisputed starter Tuukka Rask, reuniting a tandem that enjoyed success during the 2012-13 NHL season. The 30-year-old spent last season in the Ducks’ system, seeing the bulk of his action with AHL San Diego, but he’s a seasoned pro, capable of providing the B’s with a reliable backup option, while top prospect Malcolm Subban gains valuable game experience in the minors.
Khudobin joins a muddled goaltending situation in Anaheim after spending the past two seasons splitting time with Cam Ward in net for Carolina. The 29-year-old owns a solid 2.40 career GAA, but he will have to beat out one of incumbent starter Frederik Andersen and young phenom John Gibson just to see any playing time at the NHL level to begin the season. Khudobin was acquired in what was essentially a salary dump in the offseason, though that won't prevent him from playing if the Ducks believe he gives them the best chance to win games. If the Russian does see the ice in Anaheim, his record will surely be better than last season’s 8-17-6 mark since the Ducks are expected to win a lot of games coming off a 109-point season.
Khudobin, who originally signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Carolina in July 2013 to be Cam Ward’s backup, got the chance to become the Canes’ No. 1 starter last season when Ward wound up missing large chunks of time due to various injuries. In fact, during these stretches, Khudobin played so well that once Ward was healthy enough to play, he was relegated to No. 2 duty most of the time. By season’s end, Khudobin owned a .926 save percentage -- fourth-best in the entire NHL -- along with a 19-14-1 record and 2.30 GAA. Re-signed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract in March, Khudobin will likely open the season in at least a timeshare with Ward for the starting goalie job. Given Ward’s history as the team’s top guy the last few seasons, we expect he will at least be given a shot to win back the starter’s role this year, however we think Khudobin remains the odds-on favorite to become the team’s de facto No. 1 goalie at some point as the season progresses.
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 Thomas’ 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.
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Starting in Minnesota
GDallas Stars
November 18, 2021
Khudobin will defend the blue paint during Thursday's road game versus the Wild, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Earns third win
GDallas Stars
November 13, 2021
Khudobin made 31 saves on 33 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
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Facing Flyers
GDallas Stars
November 13, 2021
Khudobin will patrol the crease during Saturday's home game versus Philadelphia, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Lit up for five goals
GDallas Stars
November 7, 2021
Khudobin surrendered five goals on 35 shots in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Canucks. The sixth goal was an empty-netter.
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Between pipes Sunday
GDallas Stars
November 7, 2021
Khudobin will be in the crease Sunday in Vancouver, Bruce LeVine of Dallas Stars Radio reports.
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