#3 – Devan Dubnyk
Heading into the off-season there was speculation that the Oilers might pursue a legitimate number one free-agent goaltender. After the Oilers signed Jason LaBarbera to serve as the backup, the number one job instantly became Dubnyk’s and now the pressure is on for him to continue to improve his play and his numbers. If he can do both the Oilers have a shot at the playoffs. But if Dubnyk takes a step back this year, then the Oilers will be forced to trade for a proven goalie that can carry them to the postseason.
Ryan Miller will likely be traded by the Buffalo Sabres at some point this season. His name will surely surface in Edmonton if Dubnyk stumbles at any point in th year. Last season he took big steps to improving his overall game, further trying to instill confidence in the fan base that he can play with the league’s best in net.
Still succumbing to the soft goal syndrome last year, Dubnyk must avoid that in order to take his game to the next level. If he can eleveate his game and further develop into a proven number one goalie in this league, then the Oilers could make the playoffs. Any type of mediocre season from Dubnyk and not only will Miller’s name be mentioned in Edmonton, but a deal to acquire someone to shoulder the load in goal could be made a priority.