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Future Watch: Devan Dubnyk, Gilbert Brule & Riley Nash

Friday, 21.11.2008 / 4:17 PM / Future Watch
By Nick Conrad
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Future Watch: Devan Dubnyk, Gilbert Brule & Riley Nash

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A closer look at three Oilers prospects:


Devan Dubnyk (photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)
Edmonton’s first round choice (14th overall) in 2004 has been a top prospect since he entered the system. At 6’5”, the 22-year-old is a giant in the net and Dubnyk’s recent hot play has netted him the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week award for the period ending Nov. 16, 2008. Dubnyk was 2-1-0 with a 1.30 goals-against, a .968 save percentage and his first AHL shutout over a three-game period.

After five trips to Oilers rookie camp, Dubnyk is now an old pro in that regard.

“You can feel each year that you’ve improved and you’ve developed not only playing-wise but mentally as well,” he said. “My ultimate goal is to be in the NHL as soon as I can be. Right now I want to concentrate on the being the best that I can (in Springfield).”

And that mentality has obviously paid off for Dubnyk this season. He’s 7-6-1 in 14 games this season but boasts a 2.44 GAA and a 9.24 save percentage. He leads the AHL in minutes played (813), shots faced (433) and saves (400).

With numbers like that, his next rookie camp could be his last.

Gilbert Brule

Gilbert Brule (photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)
There’s no doubt that Gilbert Brule will one day be a full-time NHL player.

Firstly, he’s got a plethora of achievements behind him; he was drafted first overall in the 2002 draft, he was the AHL Rookie of the Year in 2004, WHL first team all-star in 2004-2005, WHL playoff MVP 2005-06 and the Memorial Cup scoring leader that year. Not to mention that he played 146 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring 12-20-32. 

While those numbers don’t exactly melt the ice, 21-year old Brule continues to succeed in the AHL. He’s scored five goals in nine games this season for the Springfield Falcons.

He excels in skating and likes to go hard to the net—qualities that the Oilers love to see.

Riley Nash

Riley Nash (photo: NHL/Getty Images)
The first round (21st overall) pick for the Oilers in 2007 is regarded as a complete player. He’s got a well—rounded game that includes offensive talent and good fundamentals. His only detriment might his size but the 19-year-old has nothing but time to get bigger.

“I’m definitely getting closer to where I should be to play in the NHL…I’m not there yet,” Nash said at this year’s Oilers development camp. “I’m sure this year I’ll make mores strides and be even closer for next year.”

Coming from the B.C. Hockey League after 2006-2007 (where he scored 84 points in 55 games), Nash adjusted well in college scoring 12-20-32 in 36 games for Cornell University. He also won Cornell’s Hockey Rookie of the Year and Ivy League Hockey Rookie of the Year awards, was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and College Hockey News All-Rookie Team, and was the ECAC Rookie of the Year.

Those are some impressive stats for a 19-year-old and Nash will be in training camp next year to build on them.


PROSPECT STATISTICS

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS - AHL
PLAYER POS. GP G A PTS PIM + / - PP SH
Sebastien Bisaillon D 12 1 1 2 7 5 0 0
Gilbert Brule C 9 5 2 7 8 4 0 0
Taylor Chorney D 14 0 5 5 8 -7 0 0
Carl Corazzini RW 14 1 5 6 4 -1 0 0
Josef Hrabal D 1 0 1 1 0 -2 - -
Bryan Lerg LW 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Colin McDonald RW 14 2 2 4 20 -2 0 0
Ryan O’Marra C 9 0 2 2 6 -1 0 0
Geoff Paukovich C 4 1 0 1 10 0 0 0
Theo Peckham D 13 2 5 7 31 1 1 0
Ryan Potulny C 14 8 1 9 14 2 3 1
Liam Reddox LW 12 5 4 9 2 -1 2 1
Mathieu Roy D 5 0 0 0 10 -1 0 0
Rob Schremp LW 12 0 10 10 8 2 0 0
Tim Sestito C 14 2 1 3 6 0 0 0
Tyler Spurgeon C 14 0 5 5 13 0 0 0
Viacheslav Trukhno LW 14 1 6 7 6 2 0 0
Cody Wild D 7 1 2 3 6 4 1 0
Bryan Young D 14 0 0 0 17 -2 0 0
GOALTENDERS GP MINS W L OTL GA GAA SVS% SO
Glenn Fisher 1 40 0 0 0 2 2 0.889 0
Devan Dubnyk 14 813 7 6 1 33 2.44 0.924 1

STOCKTON THUNDER - ECHL

PLAYER  POS. GP G A PTS PIM + / - PP SH
Jordan Bendfeld D 13 1 2 3 10 1 0 0
Josef Hrabal D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Bryan Lerg C 7 2 8 10 4 4 1 1
GOALTENDERS GP MINS W L OTL GA GAA SVS% SO
Bryan Pitton 9 503 2 5 0 28 3.34 0.888 0

U.S. COLLEGE

PLAYER  POS. GP G A PTS PIM + / - PP SH
Matt Glasser LW 11 0 0 0 10 -1 0 0
(Denver - WCHA)
Riley Nash C 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
(Cornell - ECAC)
Jeff Petry D 12 1 3 4 14 0 1 0
(Michigan State - CCHA)
Chris Vande Velde C 10 3 4 7 18 0 1 1
(North Dakota - WCHA)

MAJOR JUNIOR

PLAYER  POS. GP G A PTS PIM + / - PP SH
Jordan Eberle C 24 17 15 32 8 5 4 1
(Regina - WHL)
Milan Kytnar C 24 5 11 16 45 1 2 0
(Saskatoon - WHL)
Alex Plante D 22 3 9 12 61 6 2 0
(Calgary - WHL)

EUROPE

PLAYER  POS. GP G A PTS PIM + / - PP SH
Teemu Hartikainen C 22 4 1 5 10 - - -
(Kalpa)
Alexei Mikhnov LW 21 1 9 10 31 - - -
(Yaroslavl)
Johan Motin D 22 0 0 0 10 - - -
(Farjestads BK Karlstad)
Linus Omark LW 22 10 10 20 16 - - -
(Lulea HF)


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