How exactly did he go from being out of the NHL at the end of last season to one of the League’s hottest goalies in February, helping turn the Minnesota Wild season around since a mid-January trade from theArizona Coyotes with a remarkable 11-2-1 run?
For the most part, the answers have focused on Arizona giving him a chance as a free agent to start the season, and Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke restoring his confidence. There were also some small tweaks and a better understanding about managing depth in his crease from Burke, but for the most part Dubnyk said he hasn’t made any radical style alterations since transitioning his game to the NHL under then-Edmonton Oilers goalie coach Frederic Chabot.
There was, however, one significant change this summer.
Dubnyk adjusted how he works on tracking the puck, a change which puts him on the cutting edge of a new tool some believe will be the biggest thing for goaltending since the butterfly.