Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hershey to DC

Braden Holtby (November 21, 2010 - Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Braden Holtby is making some noise for the Caps over the past two weeks.  His second time up in the NHL is going much better than his first stint when the Devils, who couldn't steal a win, scored 5 on Holtby in a 5-0 loss for him.  Maybe it’s his intense pregame routine

or his stick handling ability that has turned his game around....

All I know is this guy is good. Do to some unfortunate injuries to Varly and Neuvy he "Capitalized" on this opportunity...terrible joke I know...  Holtby was the NHL's first star of the week last week, earning his first shutout and going 4-0-0 with a 1.05 GAA, and will be forcing George McPhee to make a move sometime soon. There's 3 valuable assets in goal in Washington...and Mr. Boudreau is going to have a tough decision to make come playoff time on which goalie to start....I think he should keep with the hot hand in Holtby and let him play.  He has earned the starting job for now.  If he keeps it up start him in the playoffs...otherwise if Semyon Varlamov is healthy enough to play he's ended up being the go to guy in the playoffs for the caps so I'd go with him...and Michal Neuvirth is not even a bad option either....

I'd like to see Braden Holtby with the Caps full time next year.  He has a lot to offer and a long career ahead of him.  One thing I definitely know is there is no way the Caps 3 goalies will not be in the NHL next season.