Fast forward one disappointing year for the 26-year-old center, and his absence in the Eastern Conference Semifinals has gone largely unnoticed.
According to the Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record, Brandon Dubsinky did not participate in an optional skate on Tuesday with the club and will likely miss Game 3 with a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Dubinsky has been somewhat of a mystery. After netting 44 goals in the previous two regular seasons, “Dubi” tallied a career-low of 10 goals this year.
Although he has done an adequate job fore-checking and grinding it out in the corners for much of the season, many Ranger fans were expecting a breakout year from the Alaskan native.
The Garden Faithful seems to hardly have even noticed he’s been gone with the emergence of Boston College star Chris Kreider making a splash in his first few weeks with the team.
When trade rumors circulated in February about a deal that would send Rick Nash to New York from Columbus, Dubinsky was one of the potential pieces.
When the trade fell through and Glen Sather chose to hang onto youngsters like Kreider and Dubinsky, New York fans were elated that homegrown Dubinsky would remain a Ranger.
Although, with Dubinsky’s stock continuing to decline and Kreider flourishing into a superstar, fans are now more grateful to have 20-year-old Kreider than one-time fan favorite Brandon Dubinsky.