Philipp Grubauer might be the next great Capitals goaltender … after Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby. Come to think of it, maybe it’ll be Steffen Soberg or Brandon Anderson.
The point is, the pipeline is hella deep. Grubauer on Tuesday was named ECHL goaltender of the week, a nice accomplishment for the 19-year-old.
Grubauer was 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .960 save percentage for the South Carolina Stingrays last week. His season numbers are almost as impressive: 6-0-0, 1.50 GAA and .946 save percentage.
Dave Prior saw this coming in training camp, and much before that. The Caps’ goaltending coach praised Grubauer for his willingness to leave his native Germany and play in the Ontario Hockey League.
“Philipp’s a smart kid, and he first came and played in an under-17 tournament in Canada and went to a major junior game – I think it was London and Windsor – and he knew right away he couldn’t find hockey in Europe of that caliber,” Prior said during camp. “So he knew at that time he wants to come to North America to play and it definitely benefitted him.”