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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Michal Neuvirth impresses in preseason, but Tomas Vokoun still No. 1

There’s little question that Michal Neuvirth has had a strong training camp. In the three games he appeared in, Neuvirth stopped 75 of 79 shots he faced, good for a 94.9 save percentage.

However, that success in the preseason doesn’t mean the 23-year-old will usurp the top spot on the depth chart at the start of the season. That job still belongs to veteran Tomas Vokoun.

“Tomas is number one, but we’ve got a number one-A,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Training camp, you’ve got guys that come in that deserve the respect to be where they were and Tomas has earned that. Michal’s been very good… Michal’s going to play a lot of hockey this year but I don’t think you look at that.

“It’d be like saying, okay, Jason Chimera played better than Alex Ovechkin in the preseason,” he continued. “Does that mean Jason Chimera is now the number one left wing over Alex Ovechkin? I don’t think that’s a fair question.

“It really gives you a lot of cause to say Michal’s ready.”

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