A waiting game

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Getting one game, and that one against Norway, isn't the full meal deal experience of a Team Canada goalie at the World Junior.

But it beats not being here. And that's what Devan Dubnyk, the 6-foot-5 14th pick in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Edmonton Oilers was looking at late in camp.

But Brent Sutter decided that what he watched in the camp, combined with what he'd watched in the WHL, was good enough to get Dubnyk at least the back-up job to Justin Pogge. And history indicated that the back-up goalie in one of these tournaments gets a game.

Dubnyk isn't complaining that it's tonight, if in fact Sutter gives him the game as expected. The coach, following Canada's narrow 4-3 escape against Switzerland, said he'd make his decision later in the evening

"It's been an incredible feeling to be part of this team," said the native of Regina who grew up in Calgary and plays for the Kamloops Blazers.

"I came here intending to enjoy every minute of the experience and I have been. I've taken the attitude to just be ready to go every game.

"Just having this experience has to help me in my career, no matter what. Any time you get picked to play in this tournament, there are things you can take out of it.

"I'm extremely proud just to be part of the team. I would have liked to have had a better camp but I did have a good game against the Czech Republic," he said of playing one of the pre-tournament games.


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