Pre WHL: The Kamloops Blazers drafted the lanky Devan Dubnyk with their second round pick, 31st overall, in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft. Dubnyk played the majority of the 2001-02 season with the Calgary Bruins in ‘AAA’ Bantam hockey. The Blazers played him for 3 games that season, just to get a taste of the WHL.
2002-03: Dubnyk’s coming out party, playing in 26 games for the Blazers, scoring an above .500 winning percentage, and generally wowing scouts with his impressive size and positioning. Dubnyk played for Team Alberta at the 2003 Canada Winter Games en-route to the Gold Medal in that tournament, then represented Team Canada at the 2003 U-18 World Cup.
2003-04: At the end of the regular season, Dubnyk was awarded the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year award. The Edmonton Oilers selected Dubnyk 14th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
2004-05: Dubnyk was invited to both the August and December camps for team Canada’s WJC team in preparation for the 2005 tournament but failed to make the team.
2005-06: Dubnyk again took part in all of Canada’s WJC camps and did make the team as the back up but did not see any action during the tournament.
2006-07: Dubnyk appeared mainly with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL), posting a 24-11-7 record with a 2.56 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He also appeared in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (ECHL), gong 2-1-0 with a 2.94 GAA and a .855 save percentage.
2007-08: This marked Dubnyk’s second season of professional hockey, but his first with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). He went 9-17-0 with a 3.12 GAA and a .904 save percentage in his first extended season of his pro career. Expect to see him back with the Falcons next season.
2008-09: In his second season with Springfield (AHL), Dubnyk saw a jump in his ice-time, going from 33 games last season to 62 in 2008-09. He posted an 18-41-2 record, including three shutouts, with a 2.97 goals against average and a .906 save percentage- despite the record, his numbers were better than last season.
Above all, Dubnyk possesses the one great talent no coach can teach: size. At 6'5.5 Dubnyk gives very little of the net up to opposition shooters with his hulking size. Very strong positioning and great rebound control are two other strong characteristics of Dubnyk's play in the net. Consistency is an issue and Dubnyk, despite taking up as much of the net as he does, still has a tendency to let in a soft goal and can get visually shaken by it. Mental maturity will help overcome that flaw.
Dubnyk has been dealt again, this time from the Arizona Coyotes to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2015 third round pick.