Michal Neuvirth

Posted: February 15, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Washington Capitals

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America

 

The Good: Neuvirth is a butterfly goaltender and is technically sound while maintaining his positioning in classic, textbook style. He stays square to shooters and comes out to the top of his crease when appropriate to cut down the angle. His most remarkable on-ice trait is his incredible composure. Neuvirth almost never appears rattled or caught up in a moment of excitement. Whether the puck is in the zone or elsewhere on the ice, Neuvirth is extremely economical with his movement. Neuvirth is a talented netminder with the composure and mental game to be successful at the NHL level for several years and how the Capitals manage their goaltending picture with two quality young netminders, Neuvirth and Braden Holtby, will go a long way to determining the future of the franchise. His agility and fast reflexes are also big advantages, as is his recuperative ability. Neuvirth was able to take over the starting role from Semyon Varlamov in 2010-2011.

The Bad: Neuvy has been vulnerable early in games at times and has battled nagging leg injuries but is among the elite young goaltending prospects. He does lack consistency and is still a work in progress as he strives to earn a heavy workload at the NHL level. He can at times surrender ‘soft’ goals that hurt his team’s momentum. Neuvirth has struggled in 2011-2012, and has sat on the bench in favor of Holtby.

Awards

  • Played in the ECHL All-Star Game in 2009.
  • Won the Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears in 2009 & 2010.
  • Won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Calder Cup Playoff MVP in 2009.
  • Named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October 2010.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OT Min GA SO GAA SV% GP W L Min GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 41 26 8 4 2223 86 4 2.32 0.932 18 14 3 1080 44 0 2.45 0.932
2007–08 Plymouth Whalers OHL 10 5 4 1 600 26 0 2.60 0.928
2007–08 Windsor Spitfires OHL 8 6 1 1 482 17 0 2.12 0.918
2007–08 Oshawa Generals OHL 15 6 2 6 844 57 0 4.05 0.898 9 7 2 507 21 0 2.48 0.932
2008–09 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 13 6 7 0 762 29 2 2.28 0.918
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 17 9 5 2 1001 45 1 2.70 0.913 22 16 6 1346 43 4 1.92 0.932
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 5 2 1 0 220 11 0 3.00 0.892
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 22 15 6 0 1231 46 1 2.24 0.919 18 14 4 1133 39 1 2.07 0.920
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 17 9 4 0 872 40 0 2.75 0.914
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 48 27 12 4 2689 110 4 2.45 0.914 9 4 5 590 23 1 2.34 0.912
NHL totals 70 38 17 4 3781 161 4 2.55 0.913 9 4 5 590 23 1 2.34 0.912
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 WASHINGTON
ON PACE 31 8 13 4 1617 2 82 781 3.07 .894

Drafted: 34th overall, 2006
Washington Capitals

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