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Get To Know a Ranger: Brandon Dubinsky

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[Ed. note: As part of the build-up to the first round playoff series between the Capitals and the Rangers, Japers' Rink will be looking at some of the important but lesser-known players on the Rangers and how they might impact the series.]


Brandon Dubinsky

#17 / Center / New York Rangers

6-1

205

Apr 29, 1986

Anchorage, AK, USA

60th overall in 2004

Via Draft


Strengths Is defensively responsible and a capable two-way pivot. Scores big goals and does whatever his team needs to win. Has leadership qualities.
Weaknesses Doesn't possess natural goal-scoring acumen, so his work rate cannot let up at any time. Needs to avoid taking bad penalties.
Potential Second line center.


Regular Season GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2006-07 6 0 0 0 E 2 0 0 0 0 9 0.0
2007-08 82 14 26 40 8 79 1 0 0 0 157 8.9
2008-09 82 13 28 41 -6 112 3 1 7 0 188 6.9


Playoffs GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2007-08 10 4 4 8 2 12 2 0 0 0 26 15.4


Why you should know who he is - Dubinsky is a player who, in many ways, is tailor-made for the playoffs: he's tough, he loves to battle down low, he's more than capable defensively, and he always thinks about team first. That attitude and drive has translated into production; Dubinsky has been at least as productive in the playoffs as in the regular season in the WHL, AHL, and NHL.

How the Caps can stop him - Dubinsky's success is based as much on willpower as pure skill.  If the Capitals can match his effort, both in the offensive and defensive zones, their skill will enough to get the better of the young center.