Have Fans Forgotten About Dustin Tokarski's Résumé?

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay just last season, it's easy to forget about Tokarski's winning ways.

Canadian hockey fans are all too familiar with the nation's struggle to recapture gold at the annual World Junior Championships. Come this Boxing Day when the 2014 WJC begins, Canada will enter the tournament having not touched gold since 2009. John Tavares, Jamie Benn, and P.K. Subban were all a part of that 2009 team who have since reached star status at the NHL level.

There was another key piece to that team that was outstanding in the 5-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal game. That player was Dustin Tokarski.

84296606_medium

Photo credit: Getty Images

By that point, Tokarski was already coming off a Memorial Cup winning season in 2008 with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs. He also earned a Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's outstanding goaltender, and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player to his credit.

Things were looking nowhere but up for the eventual 5th round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tokarski was even a part of the 2012 Norfolk Admirals that won the AHL Calder Cup, posting a personal dominant 12-2 record with three shutouts and a 1.46 GAA and .944 SV%.

However, after not being able to solidify himself as a standout goalie within an already weak goaltending crop, Tampa Bay elected to send Tokarski to the Montreal Canadiens organization in exchange for Cedrick Desjardins earlier this year. Tokarski would go on to finish the season with Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, posting a modest 6-8 record (with a 2.22 GAA and .927 SV%) on a team that finished dead last in the AHL standings.

There is no doubt that the upcoming season is crucial for Tokarski if he has any plans to eventually earn a roster spot with the Canadiens. After signing a one year, two-way deal with the club in August, Tokarski will be counted on to be Hamilton's starting netminder this season.

Despite Tokarski's accolades, he still has plenty to prove to the Canadiens organization. After all, hockey is a business that comes down to the, "What have you done for me lately?" motto. Nonetheless, the Hamilton Bulldogs will enter the 2013-2014 season with an added year of experience and adversity to look back on, with high expectations.

We already know that Tokarski is capable of being a big-game goaltender, the question is, can he do it for the Hamilton Bulldogs? What are your thoughts?

Better Quality - Dustin Tokarski ROBS Colin Wilson - Canada vs USA World Juniors - 31/12/08 (via inklinkinklink)

Edward Pasquale vs Dustin Tokarski (via EricBoulton26)

Tokarski was also a part of this team...

2008 Memorial Cup - trophy breaks! (via robdm1)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Eyes On The Prize

You must be a member of Eyes On The Prize to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Eyes On The Prize. You should read them.

Join Eyes On The Prize

You must be a member of Eyes On The Prize to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Eyes On The Prize. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker