Philipp Grubauer, G

Shoots: L (catches)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1991-11-25

Hometown: Rosenheim, GER

Drafted: 2010 by Washington, 112th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

January 2014 - Grubauer was reassigned to the AHL on January 20th. The 22 year-old had started 14 of the Caps past 20 games, and after two sub-par performances in a row Oates and company decided it was the logical thing to do with Neuvirth healthy again. For those who didn't get a chance to ride the hot streak just stay patient, as Neuvirth or Holtby may get traded in the near future and if not Grubauer will not doubt get another chance to prove himself. Nathan Kanter

 

December 2013 - Grubauer has added his name to the list of 20-something backup goalies proving they are ready for bigger and better things (Jones, Scrivens, Talbot, Andersen etc.). Though he has only played seven games, Grubauer has an impressive 2.20 GAA and .934 SV% to go along with a 4-1-1 record. His play has led to rumours about the future of current backup Michal Neuvirth, who recently stated himself that he wants to be a "number one goalie in this league and if not [Washington] maybe somewhere else." With Holtby also posting sub-par numbers, look for coach Adam Oates to continue to ride whichever goalie is hot. As the Caps continue to contend for a playoff spot, it's also quite possible Neuvirth is traded by the deadline (Neuvirth is in fact the third Washington player to openly state their desire to leave Washginton along with Erat and Orlov). Without a full season of AHL hockey under his belt, the trade of Neuvirth could also hinder the development of Grubauer by bringing him along too qiuckly. Nathan Kanter

 

December 2013 - With Neuvirth out with a lower-body injury, the Caps recalled Grubauer, who was 4-4-1 at the time (2.60 GAA, .910 SV% with Hershey). He came in relief on December third and stopped all nine shots but even better was 2 minutes away from a shutout on Sunday against the Rangers in his first start this season. He stopped all 30 shots before Pouliot beat him late in the third. The Caps won the game 4-1. Nathan Kanter

 

November 2013 - Grubauer is splitting duties so far this season in Hershey and has posted a 3-3-1 record in seven games to go along with a solid .2.48 GAA and .915 SV%. He is outplaying David Leggio, who also has seven starts this season so expect Grubauer to get more starts going forward. Nathan Kanter

 

June 2013 – Grubauer spent time at all three tiers of pro this season. In his first move he spent 26 games in the ECHL winning 19 before being promoted to the AHL due to the Lockout ending and Braden Holtby going to the NHL. While in the AHL he made 28 appearances, won 15 and posted a 2.25 GAA with .919 SV%. While Micheal Neuvirth battled illness, he was recalled and started a game vs the New York Islanders. The young German was eliminated in the first round of the AHL playoffs ending his season. I’ve personally never enjoyed his play since watching him play for the Belleville Bulls in the late 2000s, but he unfortunately keeps winning and getting further. He once won a Memorial Cup with the Powerhouse Windsor Spitfires despite being unspectacular. He has a knack for making spectacular saves look easy, but allowing but allowing poor goals fairly often. With Neuvirth resigning for two years and Holtby also signed for a pair while looking like the Capitals goalie of the future, Grubauer will have two solid years of development before he expects to move up again. Jason Banks

 

August, 2012 – Washington's veteran depth between the pipes pushed Grubauer to the ECHL as a rookie-pro, but he was one of the best goaltenders in that league in 2011-12. The ECHL isn't as tough on the career of goaltenders as it is for skaters. With Braden Holtby jumping to the NHL, look for Grubauer to make a splash in the AHL in the season ahead. An NHL lockout may delay this, as Holtby could play some AHL games early on. The Goalie Post's Justin Goldman believes Grubauer will be an NHL starter some day.

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Grubauer has proven he can compete at the NHL level but consistency needs improvement and if he works on that at the AHL level there is little doubt he will be a competent NHL starter in a few years.

 

Footage:

Grubauer robbing Ondrej Palat:

 

 

Grubauer shutout back in his OHL days:

 

 

 

Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):

 

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Philipp Grubauer’s statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects


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