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NHL Rankings: Western Conference’s 5 Most Improved Players

By Matt Barbato
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May 7, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) acknowledges the fans after the Wild loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-3 sweeping the second round of playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

1. Devan Dubnyk 

It doesn’t matter if it was during half of a season. Dubnyk can not be left out of the conversation of most-improved player not only in the conference, but in the entire league. Nobody expected Dubnyk to carry the Wild to the playoffs when he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes midseason.

Dubnyk’s lowest career goals-against average was 2.57 in the 2012-13 season. His best save percentage was .920 that same season.

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Dubnyk went 27-9-2 with the Wild and posted a 1.78 goals-against average with a .936 save percentage. He was simply unbeatable at times and helped the Wild advance to the second round of the postseason.

Dubnyk’s season was so impressive, he earned the Bill Masterson Trophy, which is awarded to the player who displays the most perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. This should symbolize Dubnyk’s improvement, which is why he tops the list of most-improved players in the West.

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