Nikolai Khabibulin sharp in pre-season debut

Updated: September 27, 2010 at 11:10 am by Alexander Monaghan

Nikolai Khabibulin might have looked like the top goaltender for the Arizona Penal League just a few months ago but he looked sharp in his pre-season debut.

Sidelined most of last season with a back injury, the 37-year-old netminder could reclaim his starting position with the Edmonton Oilers if he manages to avoid serving jail time.  Keep an eye on Khabibulin as he has surprised in the past and only allowed two goals last night against a Vancouver Canucks team which played without Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alexandre Burrows and Dan Hamhuis.

He will likely fight against Jeff Deslauriers, Devan Dubnyk and Martin Gerber for playing time.

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