The Capitals have recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL. Grubauer has joined the Caps in Philadelphia and will be on the ice at Wednesday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.
Washington netminder Michal Neuvirth is ill, and Grubauer has been recalled to serve as Braden Holtby’s backup in Philly tonight. Holtby is expected to start his eighth consecutive game tonight here against the Flyers.
The 21-year-old Grubauer has a 6-4-1 record with one shutout, a 2.10 GAA and a .928 save pct. in a dozen appearances with the Bears this season, his first at the AHL level. Grubauer recorded his first AHL shutout last Saturday with a 40-save effort against Adirondack at Giant Center.
A second-year pro, Grubauer started his pro career with South Carolina of the ECHL last season. Because of the NHL lockout, he started this season at the same level, playing for the Reading Royals, although he had nothing left to prove at that level. Grubauer was 19-5-1 with Reading this season.
In 69 career ECHL games, Grubauer compiled a 42-18-6 record along with one shutout, a 2.25 GAA and a .916 save pct.
A native of Germany, Grubauer was Washington’s fourth-round choice (110th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Grubauer has a chance to be the second German goaltender to play for the Capitals, following Olie Kolzig. Kolzig was born in South Africa, but retained German citizenship and represented Germany in several international tournaments including the Olympics.
If Grubauer gets into a game with Washington, he would become the 24th German-born player in NHL history and the fourth goaltender, following Michel Larocque, Thomas Greiss and Timo Pielmeier.
Washington also drafted another German-born goaltender in the late Robert Mueller. Mueller was the Capitals’ ninth-round selection (275th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.