The Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club ranks 28th in the 30-team league in goals against per game.
So the acquisition of goaltender Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota organization can only help the P-Bruins’ cause.
Boston shipped defenseman Jeff Penner and the rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen to the Wild for Khudobin.
Despite their defensive struggles, the P-Bruins are just seven points back of a playoff berth. With a 19-12-1 record, 2.58 goals-against average and .911 save percentage for the Wild’s Houston farm club, the 24-year-old native of Kazakhstan provides a major improvement over all three goaltenders that have played for Providence this season, including veteran Nolan Schaefer (9-16-1, 3.11, .897).
This season, Khudobin even earned a brief call-up to Minnesota. During his stint, he shut out Vancouver — the No. 1 team in the NHL. For more on that, check out this audio scouting report by The Goalie Guild.
The Goalie Guild also writes:
When projecting Khudobin’s potential as an NHL goaltender, I think a lot of his success depends on what the Wild have planned with Jose Theodore and Josh Harding at the end of the season. If either of them are re-signed, it will force Khudobin to spend another year in Houston. At this point, it’s safe to say that Khudobin is ready for the next level.
So it’ll be interesting to see if the Bruins see Khudobin, who’s scheduled to be a Group 6 unrestricted free agent this summer, as a stop-gap to try to get the P-Bruins into the playoffs, or someone they can re-sign to provide more depth down the road.