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Islanders Acquire Neuvirth

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Michal Neuvirth in exchange for goaltender Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Neuvirth, 26, has a .918 save percentage with a 2.99 goals-against average in 27 games this season with the Buffalo Sabres. The Czech Republic native played the previous six seasons with the Washington Capitals.

Washington selected Neuvirth in the second round (34th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Draft. In 163 career games with the Capitals and Sabres, he has a 65-60-16 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-against average. Neuvirth played in nine Stanley Cup Playoffs games with Washington in 2011, posting a 4-5-1 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average.

Neuvirth played two seasons in the American Hockey league with the Hershey Bears and won consecutive Calder Cups in 2009 and 2010. He was named the Most Valuable Player of AHL Playoffs in 2009.

Prior to his professional career, Neuvirth played two years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers, Windsor Spitfires and Oshawa Generals. On the international stage, he represented the Czech Republic at the 2008 World Junior Championships, the 2006 World Under-18 Junior Championships and the 2005 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

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