Pheonix Copley
Pheonix Copley
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Washington Capitals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following Phillip Grubauer's trade to Colorado in June 2018, Copley assumed the role as Braden Holtby's understudy and handled the assignment capably in his first full season. The Alaska native recorded a 2.90 GAA and .905 save percentage en route to a 16-7-4 recorded in 27 starts. Now signed to a three-year contract extension, the 27-year-old netminder could see another 30-plus starts again in 2019-20 and is worth rostering in deeper leagues or for those who wish to handcuff him to Holtby. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension with the Capitals in February of 2019.
Placed on waivers
GWashington Capitals  Minors
October 2, 2019
Copley was placed on waivers Wednesday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
The Capitals will be in a salary cap crunch once Evgeny Kuznetsov (suspension) returns to the lineup, so Copley's $1.1 million cap hit is a luxury they can't afford at the moment. Moreover, management is likely curious to give top prospect Ilya Samsonov some work at the NHL level given that starter Braden Holtby is a pending unrestricted free agent likely headed for a big payday. The 27-year-old Copley was a serviceable backup in 2018-19, posting a 2.90 GAA and .905 save percentage behind a 16-7-3 record in 27 starts, so it's certainly possible another team will take a flyer on him.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
An undrafted free-agent signing in 2014, Copley has bided his time in the minors waiting for an opportunity to crack the NHL ranks — that time may be now. Though his 15-17-6 record in 41 starts -- combined with a 2.91 GAA and .896 save percentage from 2017-18 -- doesn't exactly constitute an eye-popping season, the 26-year-old has plenty of experience and boasts a projectable frame (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) with a calm demeanor that's vital to surviving on the big stage. With Philipp Grubauer shipped to Colorado, Copley has the inside track to the backup goalie gig in Washington, though he will need to fend off top prospect Ilya Samsonov (and perhaps another free agent signing) to secure that role. Should he make the big leagues, expect 15-20 starts, but as long as Braden Holtby is around, the Alaskan's fantasy upside could be somewhat limited by the lack of a heavy workload.
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Set to start Monday
GWashington Capitals  Minors
September 16, 2019
Copley will start in net for Monday's preseason game versus the Blackhawks, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Gets no help against Isles
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 6, 2019
Copley made 21 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. He allowed two goals.
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In for regular-season finale
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 6, 2019
Copley will command the crease in Saturday's home game against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Mauled by Panthers
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 1, 2019
Copley turned aside 29 of 33 shots in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
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Defending cage Monday
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 1, 2019
Copley will patrol the crease versus the Panthers on the road Monday.
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