The Good: Holtby has the prototypical size that scouts look for in a goalie and is a sound technical goalie that plays a butterfly style. His positioning and top of the net awareness are sometimes an issue as he’s been beaten by high shots at times. He has an above average glove hand and displays strong athleticism in net. Holtby has the stamina and conditioning level to handle a big workload – he was one of the busiest goalies in terms of shots and minutes played during his junior career. In terms of intangibles, whether it is just a matter of having been in the right place on strong teams or that he elevates the play of the team around him, Holtby has won a lot of games the past two seasons. In several NHL games, showed the fiery, competitive side of his game and his will to win. Holtby will be an effective NHL netminder at some point in his career.
The Bad: As is typical of many young goalies, he can be inconsistent at times. Neuvirth is expected to be the Caps long term starting goalie, but in most scouts eyes Holtby is better, but Neuvy’s experience really gives him an advantage. He needs more work on his lateral mobility and general quickness in the crease area, and also must learn better rebound control in order to maximize potential. That can come with experience.
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