The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1, meaning that players competing in it are expected to miss the start of NHL training camp. With Washington’s top two goaltenders in Holtby and Grubauer both participating, there will be more preseason opportunities for the organization’s other goalies, including prospects Adam Carlson and Vitek Vanecek. Joe Cannata, who Washington signed in free agency, is expected to enter training camp as the top goalie while Holtby and Grubauer are absent.
Grubauer, 24, represented Germany in international competition at the 2014 world championship, two world junior championships (2009 and 2011) and the 2008 world U-18 championship. Most recently, Grubauer stopped 26 of 28 shots on Sunday in Germany’s 3-2 victory over Latvia to earn Germany a berth in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Grubauer posted a 3-0-0 record with two shutouts, a 0.67 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage in three games at the final Olympic qualification tournament.
With the addition of Grubauer, the Capitals are one of four NHL teams with two goaltenders playing in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Grubauer had an 8-9-1 record in 2015-16 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, and he has posted a 15-15-6 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 42 career NHL games.
Team Sweden, featuring Backstrom, will face Team Europe, featuring Grubauer, on Sept. 14 in an exhibition game at the Verizon Center. Team Europe draw players from outside of Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, each of which has its own team at the World Cup.