Braden Holtby had his second stint as goalie with the Washington Capitals last season and had a solid but unspectacular 2.50 GAA with a .922 SV% and a 4-2-1 record. His numbers were actually better during the previous season, in twice as many games.
But due to injuries to both Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth, Holtby won the starting job for the 2012 playoffs almost by default. And all he did was quickly become one of the best stories of the postseason. He started all 14 playoff games for the Caps and finished with a 1.95 GAA and a .935 SV%.
Holtby's sparkling spring earned him the starting job for the Capitals during the 2012-13 season. And here are four reasons why the 22-year-old needs a veteran goalie backing him up.