Last year, Braden Holtby dealt with a lot. Holtby had his ups and downs and at one point had 5 goals on 11 shots. But in the end, Braden Holtby finished the season strong, after only seeing one start between Dec 21st and Jan. 17th, He finished the season with an 8-2-2 record.
This was a good spring board going into an offseason which lead to a lot of changes within the organization. During last season, there were a number of goalie changes throughout the year, with trades and performances and just trying to find a spark for the team. This year, it is different, at least it looks that way as of right now. Two goaltenders coming into the season with Braden Holtby leading the way as the number one and newly signed free agent Justin Peters number 2. This will add to Braden Holtby’s confidence as well, having a new staff support him as the number one.
“It’s nice to have some confidence in you to start. But I always know in the past, and obviously the last few years, you’re only as good as the game you start next. It’s nice to have confidence in me that they believe in what I can do, and I do as well, but once we get on the ice, I want to fight for every game I can play and make sure that confidence is in the right place and it’s up to me to find it.”
The Capitals brought in one of the best as a goalie position coach as well this year. Mitch Korn has made a name for himself and getting goalies to perform. Holtby and Korn are set to take a trip to the vision center in Minnesota.
“It’s definitely the next thing when it comes to training athletes,” Holtby said, something Korn has echoed.
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With a disappointing season behind him pretty much because of a breakdown on defense, seeing one of the higher shot counts as a goalie and the team missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season, Braden Holtby is looking to rebound as he did at the end of the year last year.
“It was an exhausting season in a lot of ways. But at the same time I learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way,” Holtby said. “Once the season was done, it was mainly a disappointment we weren’t in the playoffs and we should’ve been with the group we had. That was there, but at the same time the changes happened pretty quick, so the excitement towards next year kind of overrode the disappointment pretty quickly.”
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The changes the Capitals have made so far have looked to improve the aspects of the game that were lacking last year. The defense was revamped and individuals were brought in to support in the effort both as players and coaches to make this team better. An exciting year is ahead of us.