Brandon Dubinsky scored two more goals tonight in the Rangers victory over the Devils. He is now tied for the league lead in goals scored about 15% of the way into the season. For a player that had 47 career goals in 233 career regular season games prior to this season, his production is somewhat unusual.
Perhaps the difference is his move from center to left wing full time this season. He is currently playing on a line centered by Artem Anisimov. Dubinsky was no slouch at center; he was a more than capable faceoff man and is solid defensively. However, it appears that the shift to left wing has freed him from some of the extra defensive responsibilities assigned to a centerman, and he know can focus more on providing offense without the fear of giving up an opportunity to the opposition.
I have always been a fan of Dubinsky’s, as he plays a bit of a throwback style; willing to hit, fight, and do whatever it takes to win. So, I am happy to see him take his game to another level and hopefully he’ll surprise people with a breakout year this season.
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