|Michal Neuvirth – Goaltender |
Born: Mar. 23, 1988, Usti Labem, Czech Republic
CSB: #4 among European goaltenders
International Scouting Services: #90
Red Line Report: #166
In choosing netminder Michal Neuvirth
with the 34th overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, the Capitals selected goaltenders with consecutive picks for the first time since choosing Olie Kolzig 19th and Byron Dafoe 35th overall in the 1989 draft. Neuvirth’s selection came with Washington’s third pick of the draft after the Caps took goaltender Simeon Varlamov with the 23rd overall choice.
Neuvirth is a butterfly goaltender who possesses above-average reflexes and quickness. He played 45 games for Sparta Praha in the Czech Jr. League last season.
Neuvirth is likely to play professionally in his native Czech Republic before coming to North America. Having just turned 18 in March, his body still has some room to grow.
What Others Are Saying:
Central Scouting Bureau
Plays the butterfly style … moves well and reads the game very well … a consistent, cool goaltender under pressure … has quick reflexes … very quick feet and a good glove … a good competitor.
International Scouting Service
He is technically very sound and his work ethic is unparalleled. He is generally quiet in the net, but he has the ability to pull fans out of their seats with a great save. Moves well from side to side on the pass. Is quickly gaining a reputation for being a big-game goaltender. His improved rebound control and ability to steal games have resulted in him moving up our rankings. Good balance in both the stand-up and butterfly positions. Recovers quickly when he goes down. Stays square to the puck. The team that drafts him will have to be patient. He is a player that will need some time to develop.
The Hockey News
Neuwirth got hyped in Europe despite a lack of consistency, but often looked brilliant.
Neuwirth has quick reflexes and movement, plus a good glove hand and mental toughness.
“He is good at controlling rebounds and recovers quickly,” said a scout. “He likes to challenge shooters.”
Scouts agree Neuwirth is ready to move on to a higher level.
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