The Capitals' Deep Depth in Goal

"We're really pleased that we've drafted some good young goalies. To now talk about trading them doesn't make any sense. We'll take our time and develop these guys. We'll see what they're capable of doing and make some decisions down the road. It sure is nice to have young goalies in the system." - George McPhee

That the Capitals have tremendous depth of young talent in goal is no secret, but that doesn't make it any less fun to marvel at some of the numbers the team's top trio is putting up so far in 2009-10. Take a look:


Lg MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Semyon Varlamov NHL 924.38 12 1 2 34 2.21 449 415 .924 2


Lg MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Michal Neuvirth NHL 298 3 2 0 14 2.82 150 136 .907 0
AHL 876 10 5 0 29 1.99 406 377 .929 1
TOTAL 1174 13 7 0 43 2.20 556 513 .923 1


Lg MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Braden Holtby AHL 543 7 1 1 11 1.22 249 238 .956 1
ECHL 712 7 2 3 35 2.95 392 357 .911 0
TOTAL 1255 14 3 4 46 2.20 641 595 .928 1

That's three goaltenders, none of whom has yet turned 22-years-old, who have combined to go 32-9-3/2.00/.930 in North America's top two leagues. Impressive? Uh, yeah.

As the NHL trade deadline approaches, George McPhee will no doubt be a busy man as he searches for the player or players who can make his Caps even better-prepared for a deep playoff run while not sacrificing too much of the future. And with the prospect depth he has between the pipes - and despite his protestations otherwise - he just may have a goalie to spare.

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