Dustin Tokarski

Posted: March 25, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Tampa Bay Lightning



The Good: Tokarski is known for his calm demeanor and is a reliable goaltender in pressure situations. Tokarski has had an ability to win games and come up big in the clutch throughout his career to this point. He consistently puts up good games and rarely has an off night. Incredibly focused and poised between the pipes, Tokarski excels at staying square to the shooter and letting pucks hit him. He is capable of the highlight reel save (see vs. Colin Wilson in 2009 WJCs), but finds success by consistently making the saves he’s supposed to and swallowing rebounds. He reads the play exceptionally well and has good lateral movement. He is a big game goaltender, bringing his best effort when it matters most. His poise and focus stand out, as does his ability to read the play – for which his coaches have often praised him. Few have Tokarski’s heart and drive. He will likely be an NHL starter with Tampa in the near future.

The Bad: Tokarski is vulnerable against top level scorers due to his small frame and a perceived tendency to commit to the low shots too early. If his team is up big he tends to lose focus from time to time late in games.


Major junior
Award Year
Memorial Cup championship team 2008
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2008
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy 2008

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 30 13 11 2 1674 78 2 2.80 .903
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 45 30 10 3 2543 87 6 2.05 .922
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 54 34 18 2 3264 107 7 1.97 .937
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 55 27 25 3 3319 139 4 2.51 .915


Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Spokane Chiefs WHL 6 2 4 364 17 0 2.80 .901
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 21 16 5 1352 31 3 1.38 .944
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 12 7 5 812 23 1 1.70 .947


Drafted: 122nd overall, 2008
Tampa Bay Lightning



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