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.
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