On Thursday, Minnesota announced the hiring of former NHL goalie and Edmonton goalie coach Frederic Chabot as the club’s new director of goaltender development.
Chabot, 47, was fired by the Oilers early last season with the team holding the NHL’s worst save percentage. How much of that was on Chabot is up for debate; Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth underwhelmed all year long, and with Fasth now in the KHL and Scrivens seemingly relegated to a backup role, it’s fair to say that neither was a legit No. 1 NHL netminder.
Of course, Chabot worked with other goalies during his five-plus years in Edmonton.
Chief among them? Wild starter and Vezina finalist Devan Dubnyk.
At first glance, bringing in Chabot based on his work with Dubnyk might seem odd, especially since Dunbyk was a flop in Edmonton and never posted very good numbers. But to hear Dubnyk explain it, his poor play in Edmonton had nothing to do with Chabot, a guy he holds in pretty high esteem.
“He’s been incredible for me,” Dubnyk told CBC Sports last year.
Note: The Wild still have Bob Mason as their goaltending coach, to clear up any confusion. Chabot will work with “goalie prospects throughout the Minnesota Wild organization, including goaltenders playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League.”