Philipp Grubauer

Philipp Grubauer

32-Year-Old GoalieG
Seattle Kraken
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Two years into a six-year, $5.9 million AAV deal, Grubauer hasn't looked great for the Kraken. He made a modest improvement with a 2.85 GAA and an .895 save percentage while going 17-14-4 over 39 contests in 2022-23. A month-long injury and the surprising success of Martin Jones helped keep Grubauer's workload down, but he's once again set for a starter role in 2023-24. The playing time alone is enough to help Gruby stay on the fantasy radar, but he'll be tough to roster as anything more than a third goalie if he can't pull his save percentage north of .900 this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $35.4 million contract with the Kraken in July of 2021.
Allows four goals in loss
GSeattle Kraken
April 16, 2024
Grubauer surrendered four goals on 24 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
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The Kraken hung around in this contest, but they weren't able to give Grubauer a lead to protect. He has won four of his last seven games, allowing a reasonable 17 tallies over that span. Grubauer is at 14-16-2 with a 2.85 GAA and an .899 save percentage through 36 appearances on the year. The Kraken end their season Thursday in Minnesota, but the team hasn't revealed which goalie will start that contest.
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Grubauer saw a ton of playing time for the Kraken in the franchise's first season in 2021-22, suiting up for 55 games. It's no surprise Grubauer's record was terrible (18-31-5) given how much Seattle struggled, and his 3.16 GAA and .889 save percentage were both career-worst marks. With Chris Driedger expected to miss most, if not all of the 2022-23 campaign after undergoing ACL surgery in June, the Kraken signed Martin Jones as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Still, Grubauer should be considered the favorite to receive the lion's share of playing time for Seattle during the upcoming season, but he makes for an iffy fantasy option unless Seattle takes an unexpected significant step forward in the team's second season.
Grubauer is coming off a terrific 2020-21 campaign during which he set new career bests in wins (30), GAA (1.95) and shutouts (seven). He finished near the top of the league in nearly every category, resulting in a third-place finish in Vezina Trophy voting. Now, he's expected to be the first starting goalie in Seattle Kraken history when the 2021-22 season begins after landing a six-year deal this offseason. It's tough to predict how the new franchise's roster will look in its first year together, but Grubauer will at least have defensemen like Mark Giordano and Adam Larsson playing in front of him. While he may not repeat last season's .922 save percentage and 1.95 GAA, the 6-foot-1 German should still provide plenty of fantasy value as one of the top options in goal.
Grubauer's first campaign as the Avalanche's starter was riddled with lower-body injuries that limited him to just 36 games during the regular season and forced him to exit early in the second round of the playoffs. When healthy, Grubauer looked convincing as a starter, but the 29-year-old has only started 148 games in his career and the expectations in Colorado are very high. The good thing for Grubauer, who ranked 18th in save percentage and 17th in GAA among goalies with at least 20 starts, is that he has a lot of insurance playing behind one of the league's best offensive teams, and the offseason addition of Devon Toews has added quality depth to the Avs' blue line. Grubauer isn't an elite talent but he'll be in a highly favorable situation where he'll have a chance to rack up a lot of wins. He should be considered a top-10 option among goalies this year.
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.
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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Starting in Winnipeg
GSeattle Kraken
April 16, 2024
Grubauer will guard the road goal Tuesday versus the Jets, per Ken Wiebe of The Winnipeg Free Press.
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Gets little help Saturday
GSeattle Kraken
April 14, 2024
Grubauer made 27 saves in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Stars.
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Will start Saturday
GSeattle Kraken
April 13, 2024
Grubauer is set to start on the road against Dallas on Saturday, according to Scott Malone of Root Sports.
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Stellar in shutout win
GSeattle Kraken
April 9, 2024
Grubauer stopped all 39 shots he faced in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Coyotes.
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Tending twine Tuesday
GSeattle Kraken
April 9, 2024
Grubauer was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, per Mike Benton of the Kraken Audio Network, putting him on track to guard the home goal against Arizona on Tuesday.
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Going to World Championship
GSeattle Kraken
April 22, 2024
Grubauer will join Germany for the 2024 IIHF World Championship in May, Alison Lukan of Root Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Grubauer's 14 victories this season were his lowest win total since 2016-17, when he was with the Capitals. With both Grubauer and Joey Daccord under contract next season, the duo figures to continue battling for the starting gig throughout the 2024-25 campaign. Grubauer hasn't posted a save percentage above .900 in his three years with the Kraken, so he'll continue to be little more than a reserve option in fantasy.
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