The Capitals have just two goalies at rookie camp in Brandon Anderson and Philipp Grubauer, with Steffen Soberg noticeably absent. He’s OK healthwise, but the reason for Soberg’s absence might be troubling if you adhere to goaltending coach Dave Prior’s philosophy.
Soberg won’t be here all week as he’s currently deciding whether to play this season in Europe or North America. The Caps’ fourth-round pick is from Norway and was taken by the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League in the CHL’s import draft.
From the day Soberg was drafted, Prior has been insistent about the young goalie coming to play junior hockey.
“I really do believe it’s the best league for goaltenders to develop in and it’s always a challenge in that initial year to come over and make the adjustment to a much higher speed, much more physical game around the crease area,” Prior said back in June.
In July during prospects camp, Soberg sounded committed to the idea.
“That was something that Washington wanted me to do. I also had some offers from Sweden and stuff that would’ve been easier for me – not moving that far away,” he said. “But I think it’s gonna be great. Dave Prior [says] that’s the best place to develop as a goalie, so I trust that.”
Now, it’s to be determined.