Iced Up Youngsters: Brandon Dubinsky

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The New York Rangers’ offense hasn’t scared anyone for a couple of seasons. Can Brandon Dubinsky become an offensive force and help out a team that severely needs more scoring?

Career Stats (Games – Goals – Assists)

  • 2006-2007: 6 – 0 – 0
  • 2007-2008: 82 – 14- 26
  • 2008-2009: 82 – 13 – 28
  • 2009-2010: 69 – 20 – 24

It’s clear that he’s not going to be a prolific scorer, but he’s starting to trend upwards. Injuries limited his playing time last season, but he still managed to have career highs in goals and assists (and of course points).

Profile: Brandon is one of the few NHLers that comes from Alaska. He spent four seasons in the WHL, where he was a 2 time all star.  While he wasn’t a great scorer at that level, he was consistent enough to get the attention of the Rangers.  They selected him in 2004, making him the 60th overall pick.  He spent parts of two seasons playing in the NHL before finally getting called up to the big club.  He was named MVP of the Young Stars game during the 2007 all star weekend (he also participated the following season).  He played for Team USA in the 2008 World Championships as well, recording a hat trick in one of the games.

What makes him special?: The best way to describe is to say he is a poor man’s Mike Richards.  He plays all facets of the game, does the dirty work, and even fights when needed.  While it’s great that he’s willing to do everything, it’s his offense that the Rangers need the most. As the top line center, he’s got a ton of weight on his shoulders.  He doesn’t have a tremendous slapper, scoring most of his goals from close range.  His biggest asset is a tricky wrist shot.  He does a good job of using defensemen to screen the goalie, and his quick release usually finds it’s target. He’s not a bad passer either, but has some room to improve.  With goal scoring machine Marian Gaborik on his wing, his totals must go way up this season.

Hate Factor: Fairly high with this one.  He plays a bit chippy and tosses his weight around.  With the Rangers not being a very tough team, he’s got to step up and I although he does it without hesitation, it’s not a role suited for him.

Jersey Worthy?: Maybe.  There are a few guys that are a bit more popular on Broadway. But if you want to stand out a bit, a Budinsky jersey isn’t bad.  He’s young, and one of the building blocks for this team.  He’ll most likely stay around for at least a few more years

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