Braden Holtby feels ‘fortunate to be playing’ during NHL lockout

(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)


Braden Holtby got a chance to sit atop the Capitals’ depth chart last season thanks to injuries, and his stellar play kept him there for 14 playoff games.

This year, the 23-year-old goalie was ready to begin his first full NHL campaign. But with no end in sight to the labor dispute between owners and players, Holtby is back with the AHL’s Hershey Bears for the foreseeable future.

From Katie Carrera’s story:

Wherever he plays, Holtby knows he can continue to hone his game and further harness the steely composure that was on display as he recorded a .935 save percentage and 1.95 goals-against average while going 7-7 in the playoffs last spring without consecutive losses. Those outings, against the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, catapulted him from prospect to a prominent NHL name with weighty expectations.

“It’s always tough as a player to go through such an emotional couple of series in the playoffs and all the attention that was brought upon him,” Capitals associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig said. “Not being able to continue that momentum is a little bit of a letdown. But getting through it is part of being mentally tough and consistent.”

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Katie Carrera · October 4, 2012