Team Germany gave the IIHF their three required players to join them at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Philipp Grubauer of the Seattle Kraken was selected along with Leon Draisaitl and Moritz Seider.
Germany isn’t usually well represented by the NHL in international play, but that tune is changing. There are nine active players with NHL experience that are of German descent. This list includes:
- Leon Draisaitl
- Tobias Reider
- Philipp Grubauer
- Tomas Greiss
- Dominik Kahun
- Nico Sturm
- Tim Stutzle
- Marc Michaelis
- Lean Bergmann
The goalies are well represented and the crease shouldn’t be a problem for Team Germany. Grubauer should assume the starting role ahead of Greiss, but he comes in as a worthy backup with his 318 games of NHL experience.
Grubauer’s International Experience
Grubauer has 26 total games of experience on an international stage. 21 of those came at the junior level and only five from the World Championships. The NHL did not participate in the 2018 Games, so this will be Grubauer’s first appearance. The last shot he would’ve had to play in the Olympics would have been in 2014 when he had just backed up his first season in the NHL.
Being a part of a Washington Capitals Stanley Cup-winning team and then jumping right over to start for Colorado doesn’t allow much free time for when World Championships are going on. Grubauer competed in two different tournaments, once in 2014 and the other in 2019. His stats have been very good despite facing up against opposing teams whose rosters are filled with NHL talent. In five games, he owns a 2.49 goals-against average (GAA) and .921 save percentage (SV%). He only has one senior win in international play, partly due to the fact that he came in for relief in two contests.
Team Germany and the Seattle Kraken should be overly excited to watch their starting goalie shine in the Olympics behind a sneaky group of Germans who are on the rise in hockey.