Anton Khudobin

Posted: February 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Boston Bruins


The Good: Khudobin is small at 5’10, but an intense competitor with a lot of confidence and athleticism who can play both solid technically as well as break free from his technique to make the spectacular save.  He has a better glove than stick, and very quick feet. He has excellent recovery ability. Reads and anticipates the play well. Has the ability to steal games and even has a few stolen NHL games on his resume. He does a great job of scrambling to cover loose pucks around his crease area and he does like to challenge shooters with an active stick. With a style very similar to Boston’s Tim Thomas, Khudobin is NHL ready right now. As such, he will appear non-traditional and unconventional, but in actuality has a refined and effective butterfly style. He’ll also stand up when possible, which allows him to economize his movements and conserve energy.  However the depth in Boston’s nets, with Thomas and Rask, will keep Khudobin in the minors for the time being. He has an abundance of puck-stopping ability and is cool under pressure and plenty agile. He can, and has,  put up great statistics at lower levels.

The Bad: Khudobin’s main areas of improvement would be the main elements that are found with goalies that are NHL-ready. They would include rebound control, displaying patience and proper balance on quick-developing plays and then eliminating aerial angles on rapidly-rising shots. He is wildly inconsistent, which hinders his National Hockey League aspirations. Also lacks the ideal size for a goalkeeper at the highest level.

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Magnitogorsk RUS3 27 52
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 44 23 13 2 1373 114 1373 4 2.90 .917
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 16 618 28 0 2.72
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 27 20 1 4 1549 51 772 3 1.98 .934
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 12 2 2 1 482 16 180 1 1.99 .911
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 33 18 10 1 1706 77 827 4 2.71 .907
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 10 3 6 1 512 26 240 0 3.04 .892
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 40 14 19 4 2247 91 976 4 2.43 .907
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 2 0 0 69 1 48 0 0.87 .979
NHL totals 2 2 0 0 69 1 48 0 0.87 .979

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 10 4 6 685 32 400 0 2.80 .920
2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 3 26 1 0 2.30
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 9 5 2 547 20 299 1 2.19 .933
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 17 8 8 890 30 402 2 2.70 .900

International statistics

Year Team Event GP W L T / OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Russia U18 6 4 0 2 360 13 0 2.17 .915
2005 Russia WJC 5 3 2 0 264 12 0 2.73 .901
2006 Russia WJC 5 4 1 0 300 11 0 2.20 .933

Drafted: 206th overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild

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