Capitals Recall Philipp Grubauer from Hershey Bears

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Bears goalie Philipp Grubauer has been called up from AHL Hershey. Braden Holtby has started the last seven games (posting a .940 Sv%), but Wednesday’s game would have been Michal Neuvirth’s most likely opportunity to start in more than two weeks. Mike Vogel reports Neuvy is ill.

This will be Grubauer’s first assignment in the NHL. Caps asistant goalie coach Olie Kolzig told RMNB last month that Grubauer is ready:

He really played fantastic. He played the way he’s played the last two years. He looks like he’s been there, done that. He’s very calm in the net. He made three or four huge saves (Saturday), was great in the shootout, and after the game you couldn’t tell it was first AHL win. He’s only lost one game in regulation since the end of November. This guy knows how to win.

Grubi will wear #31. Press relase below.

From the Caps:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Grubauer, 21, has posted a record of 6-4-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout (he also combined for second shutout with Dany Sabourin on Jan. 13) in 12 games during his rookie season with Hershey. He spent the first half of the season with Reading of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star game after compiling a record of 19-5-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 26 games played with the Royals. The ECHL Player of the Month for November, Grubauer ranks sixth in goals-against average and tied for fifth in the league in wins despite splitting time between the ECHL and AHL.

The 6’1”, 185-pound goaltender has collected a 42-18-5-1 record in two seasons in the ECHL with South Carolina and Reading. In addition to being named a starter for the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, Grubauer was named to the 2012 ECHL All-Rookie team last season with South Carolina. The Rosenheim, Germany native represented Germany in the World Junior Championships in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, winning the 2010 U-20 D1 gold medal while compiling the best goals-against average and best save percentage in the tournament. He led the Windsor Spitfires to the 2010 Memorial Cup Championship, winning all four games in the Memorial Cup round after helping Windsor win the OHL Championship.

Grubauer was originally drafted in the fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He will participate in the Capitals optional morning skate at 11:30 a.m. today and will wear No. 31.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    Shame, I was hoping to see Grubauer start. Kolzig had many compliments for the goaltender, and after watching him play a few times, I can say that he can read traffic in front very well and his very patient with the puck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005713165 Pat Magee

    I’ve seen Varly, Neuvy, Holtby, and I honestly think Grubauer might be better than any of them. He is going to be a superstar.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Pat, I love him too. He has a totally unique style and covers the lower part of the net exceptionally well. I’m looking forward to him getting a NHL start someday soon. He will either make great trade bait or be the eventual replacement to Neuvy.

  • vahockeymom

    I’m looking forward to seeing him start too. I’m a huge Holtby fan, but I honestly think that the Caps need someone besides Neuvy to back him up. Am I the only one that wonders if Neuvy will ever play again?

  • Hockeynightincanada

    I ask myself the same thing. My guess is yes, but his name has and will be swirling in trade rumors for sure.

    Good to see someone I know on here as well. I wonder if we can expand the profiles of others?

  • Hockeynightincanada

    I also wonder if we will ever have a CSN chat with Kellie again?

  • vahockeymom

    hnic, I’m thinking we won’t. Just a guess….

  • vahockeymom

    I hope so. This is a great site, and no matter how bad the game, it always always makes me laugh.