Capitals Recall Braden Holtby from Hershey
Holtby, 21, appeared in 14 games for the Capitals this season, including his NHL debut on Nov. 5, posting a 10-2-2 record, a 1.79 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. In addition, Holtby was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending Mar. 13. During the week, Holtby posted a 4-0-0 record, 1.05 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and one shutout. He recorded his first career shutout on Mar. 9 vs. Edmonton to become the sixth goalie in Capitals history to record his first NHL shutout in 10 games or less, joining Maxime Ouellet (3 games –12/16/03); Dave Parro (4 games –1/15/81); Bob Mason (6 games –12/09/84); Jim Carey (7 games –03/13/95); and Jim Bedard (10 games –01/04/78).
The 6’2”, 205-pound Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was 17-10-2 in 30 games with the Bears this season. He finished the regular season tied for eighth in goals-against average (2.29) and 11th in the AHL in save percentage (.920%). In six Calder Cup playoff appearances versus the Charlotte Checkers, Holby posted a record of 2-4 with a 3.01 GAA and a .893 SV %.
Holtby, who wears No. 70 for Washington, was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.