In addition to speaking with Miami of Ohio winger Andy Miele during day two of the Washington Capitals' Development Camp, I was able to join Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider and others in speaking with highly touted goalie prospect Braden Holtby. He returns for his second Dev Camp as one of three members of the 2010 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears in attendance this week, but stands alone as the only attendee to dress for a NHL game.
Holtby, the Caps' superstitious 2008 fourth-round draft pick, is expected to enter the 2010-11 season as the organizations' number 3 goalie behind Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, but ahead of recently signed vet Dany Sabourin. While it still remains unclear if he will see any time with the Caps this season, speaking with Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau he mentioned that he's very impressed with the young netminder, saying "[Holtby] is doing everything in the world right now to prove himself... he's in tremendous shape, he works his rear end off, and he's doing it with a smile. The cream always rises to the top."
Read on as he details his recent Lasik eye surgery, his thoughts on Washington's goaltending crew and his famed idiosyncrasies.