We all remember how great Holtby was last postseason, but is he the real deal? Honestly, I’m not sold.
Remember that time that a young Russian netminder by the name of Semyon Varlamov came up from Hershey to bail out the Caps in a best of seven series in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers? If so, then remember how the Caps eventually lost game seven in round two of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins?
Or how about that time that a promising young goaltender by the name of Michal Neuvirth earned a full time roster spot with the Caps after coming off of winning back-to-back Calder Cup championships in the AHL, even winning playoff MVP one of those years? Yeah, the one that, like Varlamov, helped the Caps eliminate the Rangers in round one of the playoffs. Then, again similarly to Varlamov, Neuvy and the Caps were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after they were swept, repeat SWEPT, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The South Carolina Stingrays, Washington’s ECHL affiliate, announced today that goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.
In 43 games played this season with the Stingrays, Grubauer, 20, went 23-13-5, posting a 2.22 goals-against average (third in the ECHL) and a .918 save percentage (sixth in the ECHL).
To finish out the rest of the ECHL All-Rookie Team, Grubauer is joined by defensemen Andrew Hotham and Mike Little and forwards Chris Barton, Dustin Gazley, and Mathew Sisca.