Braden Holtby

Posted: March 27, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Washington Capitals

Braden Holtby

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.

 

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Saskatoon Blades WHL 1 0 1 0 59 4 53 0 4.07 .925
2006–07 Saskatoon Blades WHL 51 17 29 3 2725 146 1394 0 3.21 .895
2007–08 Saskatoon Blades WHL 64 25 29 8 3632 172 1875 1 2.84 .908
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 61 40 16 4 3571 156 1732 6 2.62 .910
2009–10 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 12 7 2 3 712 35 392 0 2.95 .911
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 37 25 8 2 2146 83 1000 2 2.32 .917
2010–11 Hershey Bears AHL 30 17 10 2 1785 68 777 5 2.29 .920
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 14 10 2 2 735 22 332 2 1.79 .934
AHL totals 67 42 18 4 3931 151 1845 7 2.30 .918
WHL totals 177 82 75 15 9987 478 5054 7 2.87 .905
NHL totals 14 10 2 2 735 22 332 2 1.79 .934

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 7 3 4 414 16 181 0 2.32 .912
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 3 2 1 200 12 84 0 3.60 .857

 

W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
ON PACE 4 2 1 1 244 1 9 124 2.22 .927

Drafted: 93rd overall, 2008
Washington Capitals

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