ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Braden Holtby
, their fourth-round choice in the 2008 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Holtby, 19, is a 6’1”, 202-pound native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, who is in his third season with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He is 6-3-0 this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage and ranks in the top eight in the WHL in wins, GAA and save percentage. He has won six straight starts and not allowed more than two goals in any of those games.
Holtby posted 25 wins last season for the Blades, the same team that produced Capitals defenseman Mike Green
. He ranked 15th in the WHL in save percentage in 2007-08 (.908) while facing the second-most shots of any goaltender in the league (1,875).
Holtby participated in the Capitals’ development camp this summer as well as the team’s rookie and training camps in September.Braden Holtby
Height: 6’1” Weight: 202 Catches: Left
Born: Sept. 16, 1989 (Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)
Drafted: Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP W-L-T Mins GA SO GAA GP W-L-T Mins GAA
2005-06 Saskatoon WHL 1 0-1-0 59 4 0 4.07 - - - -
2006-07 Saskatoon WHL 51 17-29-3 2725 146 0 3.21 - - - -
2007-08 Saskatoon WHL 64 25-29-0 3632 172 1 2.84 - - - -
2008-09 Saskatoon WHL 9 6-3-0 537 20 0 2.23 - - - -