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Caps recall Grubauer following Neuvirth injury

Nov 30, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

Evander Kane Philipp Grubauer AP

Washington Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt can rest easy today after being the surprise emergency backup last night.

The Caps recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from AHL Hershey on an emergency basis to back up Braden Holtby when they face the New York Islanders on Long Island tonight. Michal Neuvirth was injured during warmups yesterday which forced the team to dress their video coach, former Division-III college goalie Leonhardt, as the backup.

Grubauer is another in the line of hot goalie prospects that have come out of the Capitals system in recent years. Starting with Semyon Varlamov and moving along to Neuvirth and Holtby, the 22-year-old’s stay with the team could wind up being longer than expected if Neuvirth is out for a while.

The team also recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov and sent forward Michael Latta down. This is Orlov’s fifth recall to the team since the end of October. He has yet to play in a game for the Caps and has demanded a trade.

  1. lowenni - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Yes! Really excited to see Grubauer play, he’s been fantastic at every level he’s played in North America. People remember him as letting in give goals against Philly last year in his only start but what they don’t remember is that he also stopped 40 shots in that game. Hopefully he performs well which would make Neuvirth expendable and we could move him for a top-4 D man.

    Also I actually except Orlov to play this time, Urbom was benched for the entire game yesterday after a bad play and only played 2:30 the whole game. No one to take his place but Orlov.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Agreed, Orlav should see ice time. Would like to see Grubauer get some games in too. Holtby has let in way to many soft goals this season and though he shows flashes of brilliance, he just cant take over a game like other goalies can, and its costing us. Not sure Grubauers the answer, but he has some nice stats.

    • lowenni - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Yup, Orlov’s in for Urbom. Erat is in for Latta.

  2. watermelon1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I don’t get why so many of these Hershey goalies are considered to be amazing prospects.

    So far, none of them have panned out.

    I refuse to believe people can be wrong about that many prospects so I have to assume mike green and John Carlson are THAT BAD and the capitals need to get some real defensemen in front of their goalie!

    • lowenni - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Actually, Hershey has developed some amazing goalie prospects. It started with Varlamov who is now having a fantastic season in Colorado after solid ones in DC at a young age, then Neuvirth who is an Olympic-invitee for the Czech Republic, and most recently Holtby who is probably one of the top-10/15 goalies in the league this season. If Grubauer follows that track record, I’d say we see him in the NHL pretty soon enjoying a good career. They have all definitely panned out.

      And it isn’t John Carlson who’s bad in front of the goalies, he’s been great this season. Carlson, Alzner, and Schmidt have been our only reliable D-men. Mike Green definitely IS that bad though. He’s absolutely horrible. He was great last season, don’t know what happened.

  3. blastardo - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Sorry how is Carlson that bad? Him and Alzner should be the top 2 pair for the Caps. Leave Green for the PP.

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