Neuvirth edged Capitals defenseman John Carlson (1-5--6 in 11 games), Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (4-4--8 in nine games), Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mark Letestu (4-3--7 in 12 games), Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (3-4--7 in 10 games) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (0-6--6 in 11 games) for the award.
Neuvirth, at 22, became the youngest Capital goaltender to start a season opener since Jim Carey, who was two months younger when he started the first game of the 1996-97 season. Neuvirth appeared in each of Washington's 11 games in October and shared the NHL lead with seven victories. He turned aside 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory at Nashville Oct. 16 and posted his first career NHL shutout with a 29-save performance in a 3-0 victory at Carolina Oct. 27.
Claimed by the Capitals in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2006 Entry Draft -- 11 picks after the club nabbed fellow 22-year-old netminder Semyon Varlamov -- the Czech Republic native backstopped the OHL Plymouth Whalers to a berth in the Memorial Cup in 2006-07, his first season in North America. He starred for the AHL Hershey Bears in each of the past two seasons, helping the club capture back-to-back Calder Cup championships.
Michal Neuvirth in October
|Oct. 8||at Atlanta||59||31||4||4-2 loss|
|Oct. 9||NEW JERSEY||60||33||2||7-2 win|
|Oct. 11||OTTAWA||64||31||2||3-2 win (OT)|
|Oct. 13||NY ISLANDERS||60||24||1||2-1 win|
|Oct. 16||at Nashville||62||39||2||3-2 win (OT)|
|Oct. 19||BOSTON||13||7||2||3-1 loss|
|Oct. 21||at Boston||1||0||0||4-1 loss (no decision)|
|Oct. 23||ATLANTA||62||32||3||4-3 win (OT)|
|Oct. 27||at Carolina||60||29||0||3-0 win|
|Oct. 28||at Minnesota||59||17||2||2-1 loss|
|Oct. 30||at Calgary||60||29||2||7-2 win|