The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Grubauer, 23, has appeared in 20 NHL games with Washington, posting a 7-6-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Rosenheim, Germany, native made his 2014-15 regular season debut on Feb. 6 against Anaheim, stopping 23 shots in the Capitals 3-2 shootout victory to earn his first win of the season. Grubauer appeared in 17 games with Washington last season and ranked eighth among NHL rookie goaltenders in saves (434) and wins (6). Grubauer represented Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Minsk, Belarus, and became the second German-born goaltender in NHL history to record a victory last season (Thomas Greiss).
Grubauer posted a 27-17-5 record with six shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 49 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. He ranks third in the AHL in wins, tied for third in shutouts, 10th in goals-against average and tied for 10th in the League in save percentage. The 6’1”, 192-pound goaltender was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, N.Y, and won the top goaltender award at the AHL All-Star Classic skills competition. Grubauer has registered a 55-39-9 record with 11 shutouts, a 2.37 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 105 career AHL games.
The Washington Capitals have not released any other details about Grubauer’s call up. We’ll see if he’s just insurance for Braden Holtby or if the Washington Capitals are seriously considering making a change at goalie. Most likely, Grubauer is just going to serve as the backup in case Holtby has another bad night.
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