G | 5' 11" | 195 lb | Age: 34 | Dallas Stars
Khudobin's athleticism has helped the well-traveled goalie fashion a long NHL career, mostly as a backup. But he made the most of his chance in the spotlight with the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With starter Ben Bishop hampered by injuries, Khudobin started 24 of the Stars' 27 games during their run to the Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, going 14-10 with a 2.69 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.
The Minnesota Wild selected Khudobin in the seventh round (No. 206) of the 2004 NHL Draft while he was playing in Russia. Khudobin's pro career in North America got off to a solid start when he had a 20-1-4 record, 1.98 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage for Texas of the ECHL in 2007-08. He also went 2-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 12 games with Houston of the American Hockey League that season.
He got his first shot at the NHL with a two-game call-up with the Wild in February 2010 and played four games for them the following season before being traded to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 28, 2011.
A strong season at Providence of the AHL led to a call-up to the Bruins as the emergency goalie during the playoffs in 2011. Khudobin did not play in any of Boston's 25 games on its way to a Stanley Cup championship but was included in the Bruins' Stanley Cup celebration photo and received a ring.
In 2012-13, Khudobin was the backup to starter Tuukka Rask, winning nine of 14 decisions with a 2.32 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Those numbers caught the attention of the Carolina Hurricanes, who signed Khudobin as a free agent July 5, 2013.
He had 19 wins in 36 games during his first season with Carolina in 2013-14 but was traded again, this time to the Anaheim Ducks, on June 27, 2015.
Khudobin played nine games for the Ducks before signing as a free agent with the Bruins on July 1, 2016. His return to Boston lasted two seasons; he signed a free agent contract with the Stars on July 1, 2018, joining his fifth NHL team.
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ECHL First All-Star Team (2008)
ECHL Goaltender of the Year (2008)
Traded to Boston by Minnesota for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen, February 28, 2011.
Signed as a free agent by Mytischi (KHL), September 21, 2012.
Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 5, 2013.
Traded to Anaheim by Carolina for James Wisniewski, June 27, 2015.
Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2016.
Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 1, 2018.