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Anton Khudobin
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Born May 7, 1986 (1986-05-07) (age 31)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Boston Bruins
Minnesota Wild
Houston Aeros
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team Template:Country data Russia
NHL Draft 206th overall, 2004
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2004–present

Anton Khudobin (born Anton Valerievich Khudobin on May 7, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild (206th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Anton began his hockey career in his native Kazakhstan, but moved to Russia at a young age and joined the Metallurg hockey school in Magnitogorsk in order to develop his game at a higher level.

He was a consistent starter for Russia's national junior squad, earning a gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and silver medals at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Anton played as a backup for HC Metallurg before deciding to move to North America and play in the Canadian major-junior system.

Anton played with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League for the 2005-06 season, and helped them to their best regular-season finish in over a decade and backstopped them past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in six years.

In 2006, Anton returned to Russia and took over back-up duties with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague (RSL), helping the team to the league championship.

In the summer of 2007, three years after being drafted, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Anton spent the following season splitting time between the AHL's Houston Aeros and the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters, earning top ECHL goaltender honors for 2007-08.

In 2009-10, Anton made the full-time jump to the Aeros and made his NHL debut for the Wild on February 4, 2010, replacing the injured Josh Harding in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

On February 6, 2010, Anton made his first NHL start, stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following a September 24, 2010 preseason knee injury to Harding, the Wild's full-time back-up goaltender, Anton was expected to take over that role for the Wild.

However, the Wild opted instead to sign Jose Theodore to a one year contract, leaving Anton in the number-three position. Soon after the signing, he was returned to Houston.

Anton was recalled by the Wild on January 8, 2011 to back up Theodore after starter Niklas Backstrom suffered a strained hip flexor.

On January 12, 2011, Theodore suffered a similar injury and Anton replaced him in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

After a 4-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on January 14, Anton posted his first career NHL shutout, making 32 saves in a 4-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

On February 28, 2011, Anton was traded to the Boston Bruins on February 28, 2011 in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen.

Anton was assigned to the AHL's Providence Bruins. He finished the season strong and was called up as an emergency goalie for Boston during the playoffs. He was included on the team picture, and awarded a Stanley Cup ring.

Since he did not play for Boston during the 2010-11 season, Anton's name could not be included on the Stanley Cup.

On July 1, 2011, Anton signed a two-year contract extension with the Bruins. He served as the backup goaltender to Tuukka Rask during the lockout shortened season.

On April 5, 2012, he played his first game with Boston earning himself a win against the Ottawa Senators.

On July 5, 2013, the Carolina Hurricanes signed Anton to a one-year $800,000 contract.

Career StatisticsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 44 23 13 2 1373 114 1373 4 2.90 .917
2006–07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 16 618 28 0 2.72
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 27 20 1 4 1549 51 772 3 1.98 .934
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 12 2 2 1 482 16 180 1 1.99 .911
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 33 18 10 1 1706 77 827 4 2.71 .907
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 10 3 6 1 512 26 240 0 3.04 .892
2009–10 Houston Aeros AHL 40 14 19 4 2247 91 976 4 2.43 .907
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 2 0 0 69 1 48 0 0.87 .979
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 4 2 1 0 189 5 81 1 1.59 .942
2010-11 Houston Aeros AHL 34 19 12 1 1883 81 825 1 2.58 .911
2010-11 Providence Bruins AHL 16 9 4 1 901 36 413 1 2.40 .920
2011-12 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 44 0 1.00 .977
2011-12 Providence Bruins AHL 44 21 19 3 2597 113 1275 2 2.61 .919
2012-13 Boston Bruins NHL 14 9 4 1 803 31 388 1 2.32 .920
NHL totals 21 14 5 1 1121 38 567 2 2.03 .933

Playoff Statistics Edit

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 10 4 6 685 32 400 0 2.80 .920
2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 3 26 1 0 2.30
2007–08 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 9 5 2 547 20 299 1 2.19 .933
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 17 8 8 890 30 402 2 2.70 .900

International Statistics Edit

Year Team Event   GP W L T / OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Russia Jr. WJC U18 6 4 0 2 360 13 0 2.17 .915
2005 Russia Jr. WJC 5 3 2 0 264 12 0 2.73 .901
2006 Russia Jr. WJC 5 4 1 0 300 11 0 2.20 .933

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data RUS Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2006 Canada
Silver 2005 USA
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold 2004 Belarus

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