TAMPA, Fla. – When this season began, the only certainty for whiz kid goaltenders Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth was that the Washington Capitals wanted their prized pupils to get as much experience as possible.
A combination of injuries and other issues have kept the number of games for both players below what was hoped for. Still, they’ve played well enough on multiple levels that this season can be deemed a positive step forward.
“It would have been nice if they got more games in, but we can’t control that, and that’s not the only way to improve,” Caps general manager George McPhee said. “The good news is they have both come along pretty well and they are both turning into pretty good goalies.”
Added goaltender coach Dave Prior: “In some ways they are both ahead, or maybe potentially ahead, of what we thought even though they haven’t had the game experience we might have wanted.”