Philipp Grubauer
Philipp Grubauer
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Grubauer barely had time for a Stanley Cup celebration before his trade to the Avalanche during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Nonetheless, the German netminder embraced the move by posting an 18-9-5 record, 2.64 GAA and .917 save percentage between 33 starts and 37 total games with Colorado last season. It took some time for Grubauer to settle into his new digs, but he supplanted Semyon Varlamov as the team's go-to netminder in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs and guided his team to the conference semifinals. Varlamov has since moved on to the Islanders, meaning Grubauer has a golden opportunity to run away with the top goaltending gig. Czech goalie Pavel Francouz was granted a one-year trial as insurance in case Grubauer sustains a lasting injury or unexpectedly struggles, but, nevertheless, Grubauer should be given serious consideration in fantasy drafts once the elite backstops are off the board. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Avalanche in June of 2018.
Wins in return
GColorado Avalanche
November 19, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) allowed two goals on 33 shots in a 3-2 win over the Flames on Tuesday.
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Grubauer nearly got through two periods unscathed before Derek Ryan scored, and he had to be big at the end to protect the one-goal lead. After a two-week absence, the German netminder improved to 7-3-2 with a 2.73 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 12 starts. He should be back to seeing a majority of the time in the crease, with the occasional appearance from Pavel Francouz.
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Having been the understudy in Washington for five seasons, Grubauer broke out of the shadows in a significant way in 2017-18. He posted a 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage en route to a career-best 15-10-3 record in 35 appearances and earned the starting job to begin the postseason before ultimately ceding the crease back to Braden Holtby. The 25-year-old will get his chance to regain the starter's job in 2018-19 after being acquired by the Avalanche, where he will challenge another veteran in Semyon Varlamov. Inked to a three-year contract extension, Grubauer is likely to see a significant boost in playing time, and given Varlamov's familiarity with the injured list, the door is open for the German to become the de-facto No.1 goaltender. He should outperform his draft position and may be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
The Capitals left Grubauer exposed ahead of the Vegas expansion draft, and they were fortunate that the new club claimed blueliner Nate Schmidt instead, leaving the German netminder to reprise his role as Braden Holtby's backup. He excelled in that job last year, going 13-6-2 with a 2.04 GAA and .926 save percentage that made it hard to notice when Holtby was getting a day off. Unfortunately for Grubauer and those looking to use him in fantasy, the 25-year-old won't see enough work behind Holtby to find relevance in most formats. he'll be a restricted free agent following the season, though, and if he turns in another campaign of star-quality backup work, he could earn an offer sheet from another club.
The 24-year-old Grubauer gets to play behind one of the best goalies around as Braden Holtby’s backup, a gig that leaves him little to do on most game nights, but is surely teaching him a lot. He’s already taken a star turn in the AHL and delivered when called upon in the playoffs two seasons ago, and there’s no complaining about the German’s NHL rate stats to this point. For fantasy purposes, though, he’s little more than a handcuff to Holtby outside of very deep leagues where every goalie start counts.
Money in the bank. That’s what Grubauer was when he stepped into the blue ice in Game 2 of the Caps’ first-round playoff series against the Isles this past spring. Starter Braden Holtby was sick, so the Caps promoted Grubauer from the AHL instead of turning to backup Justin Peters to save the day. And save it he did, winning to square the series at a game apiece. This guy has nothing left to prove in the AHL. He was 27-17-5 with a .921 save percentage in 2014-15, but stumbled a bit in the Calder Cup playoffs. The Caps will need to make a decision on Peters at some point this season, so it’s really just a matter of when, not if, Grubauer becomes their backup. It could happen out of camp or they may wait until midseason. Either way, Holtby is a horse, so Grubauer won’t get enough starts to be relevant in most formats. He might eventually see between 20 and 25 starts, but not until at least 2016-17.
Although Braden Holtby’s subpar campaign certainly was a significant factor in the Capitals’ goaltending controversy during the 2013-2014 season, a better-than-expected showing by Grubauer at the NHL level was also a contributing factor. A fourth-round pick of the Capitals in 2010, Grubauer certainly displayed his abilities as a starting goaltender, sporting a 2.38 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 outings for the Capitals last season. With the signing of Justin Peters, the Capitals appear to be taking it slow with Grubauer, as they are firmly committed to Holtby as the lead goaltender for the time being. Still, Grubauer’s natural skills and the reputation the new coaching staff has for shepherding goalies means the 22-year-old should have a bright future in the NHL at some point, although not likely until after the 2014-2015 season.
Grubauer made his NHL debut in March 2013; he played in just two games, allowing two goals on 59 shots. He was also effective in the AHL and was named to the ECHL all-star team. His initial value depends on whether or not he can beat out Michael Neuvirth for the backup job or lands in the AHL as Hersey's No. 1. In any case he should be on the radar of all keeper leagues as this raw but talented goalie has some upside.
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Making return with Tuesday start
GColorado Avalanche
November 19, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) was the first goalie off the ice, suggesting he'll be removed from injured reserve and will make the start Tuesday in Calgary, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
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In contention Tuesday
GColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 18, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) could be available for Tuesday's road matchup with the Flames.
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Remains unavailable
GColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 14, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) will not be in the lineup versus Edmonton on Thursday, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports.
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Surfaces on IR
GColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 12, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
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Won't be ready by Tuesday
GColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 11, 2019
Grubauer (lower body) is ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Jets, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
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