ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Grubauer, 23, made his NHL playoff debut in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Islanders on April 17, stopping 18 shots to earn his first career playoff win. Grubauer is the fifth rookie goaltender in Capitals history to pick up a win in his playoff debut and the seventh rookie goaltender to start a playoff game in franchise history, joining Braden Holtby (2012), Michal Neuvirth (2011), Semyon Varlamov (2009, 2010), Jim Carey (1995), Byron Dafoe (1994) and Bob Mason (1987). In addition, the Rosenheim, Germany, native is the first German-born goaltender to start a playoff game in NHL history. Grubauer has appeared in 20 career regular-season games with Washington, posting a 7-6-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
Grubauer posted a 27-17-5 record with six shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 49 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. He finished the season ranked tied for third in the AHL in wins and shutouts, tied for eighth in save percentage and 12th in the League in goals-against average. The 6’1”, 192-pound goaltender was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica, N.Y, and won the top goaltender award at the AHL All-Star Classic skills competition. Grubauer has registered a 55-39-9 record with 11 shutouts, a 2.37 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 105 career AHL games.