Originally Posted by Dakkster
Continually failed to seize his opportunities?
He's done nothing but beat the odds and exceed expectations leading up to the 10/11 season. Varlamov was always the rock star, but Neuvy always got the better results and was the calm counterpart.
He put himself into starter position for the 2011 playoffs when he had just turned 23, which is young for most goalies. He won against the Rangers but failed against Tampa. Even so, he still put up 2.34/.912% for those two playoff rounds. He beat out Varlamov to be the starter and then the Caps traded Varlamov to Colorado and Neuvirth was poised to be the starter from the beginning of 11/12. Then suddenly Tomas Vokoun offers himself to Washington for a one-year contract that is nutty cheap. GM George McPhee probably went "can't pass this up, I guess Neuvy isn't the starter anymore, but he'll learn plenty from Vokoun as they're both Czech".
Throughout the season he's fairly mediocre mainly because he never gets to establish a rhythm (just ask Justin Goldman), but he gets his act together for the end of the season. During the season Vokoun isn't exactly lights out either and Holtby is only ordinary in the AHL for Hershey. Fast forward to the end of 11/12 and Neuvirth is yet again in March establishing himself as the go-to goalie for the playoffs. Then Neuvy gets hurt and since Vokoun is hurt too the team has no choice but to play Holtby, who happens to shine for two playoff series.
Now, please tell me how he has continually failed to seize his opportunities. It's fascinating reading the revisionist history some people have been trying to put forth here on DobberHockey just because Braden Holtby came out of nowhere. You forget Neuvy's accomplishments and the fact that he beat Varlamov for the starter spot before the really random Vokoun signing happened. Seriously, McPhee didn't even ask Vokoun, Vokoun came to Washington with the lowest of low-ball offers against himself.
Facts are your friend, people. To say that Holtby is the no-brainer starter is one thing and one thing only: Ignorant.
Holtby didn't exactly come out of nowhere. He had a history of very good NHL starts albeit sporadic and not a big sample size but he was certainly regarded as a very good goalie prospect before the 2012 playoffs. Also I don't recall Neuvirth being declared the starter before Vokoun's signing. My understanding of the situation back then was that Holtby and Neuvirth were going to battle for the starting gig. Also I don't think Neuvirth is as good as you are making him out to be. He's only been average to below average in the past 2 years.
I personally believe Holtby will end up being the starter next season but I would still hold onto Neuvirth because there is always the chance that he could be the starter. Also don't act to quickly on this because things can change quickly.
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