By Lindsay Kramer
Houston goalie Anton Khudobin, a native of Kazakhstan, speaks very good English but delivers it in a fashion that usually leaves his teammates chuckling.
The combination of a good sense of humor plus the occasional odd word or phrase out of order is an endearing trait, one that has made the second-year pro’s adjustment to the Aeros a lot easier.
“Him not really being from here, but being outgoing, it gives him that comical side. He’s goofy,” is the best way backup goalie Matt Climie can put it. “He just fits in with the team atmosphere.”
Khudobin’s play in the AHL postseason is speaking loud and clear. But just in case any further clarification is necessary, here is the only message he needs to get across to his teammates:
Khudobin, an ECHL call-up, has been a set of cardio paddles to the collective heart of the Aeros. Houston’s playoff hopes looked all but flatlined when starters Barry Brust and Nolan Schaefer both started the postseason injured.