Another day, another Russian being traded during the NHL Draft. Just like day one which saw Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov being dealt in the early moments, day two similarly saw the Carolina Hurricanes deal the Russian no one expected (looking at you Alex Semin) sending goalie Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks for James Wisniewski.
Traded for the second time in his career, the 29-year-old netminder was expected by many to steal the crease from Cam Ward especially after signing a two-year extension last year.
However, sub-par performances last season in which he posted a 8-17-6 record in 32 appearances with a 2.72 GAA and a .900% save percentage may have forced managment to restore faith in Ward. Dobby goes to Anaheim with a $2.5 million cap hit, where he will compete for the back-up spot behind Frederik Andersen against John Gibson.
The spot could be undoubtedlyhis should the Ducks continue dealing in the off-season. In 91 NHL games Khudobin has a record of 41-36-8 with 4 shutouts and has a career 2.40 GAA and .919% save percentage