Neuvirth Moves Again

Caps goaltending prospect Michal Neuvirth is on the move again. He was traded for the second time this season yesterday, going from Windsor to Oshawa in the OHL. Neuvirth and right wing Ryan Baldwin go from the Spitfires to the Generals in exchange for Justin Shugg (Oshawa’s first-round choice in 2007), European netminder Jakub Kovar and a pair of second round picks in 2008 and 2011.

Neuvirth started the season with Plymouth.

Oshawa coach and GM Brad Selwood was very complimentary to the Caps’ netminding prospect after the swap was made.

“[Neuvirth] has international experience, he’s been to a Memorial Cup, he’s a goaltender that can win games by himself,” Selwood was quoted as saying by the Toronto Star. “Not only does he bring us a ton of ability, but stability as well.”

Neuvirth just returned from the World Junior Championships where he backstopped the host Czech Republic team to a fifth place finish. He helped lead the Plymouth Whalers to the Memorial Cup finals last season and could do the same with a very talented Oshawa club this spring.

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3 Comments on “Neuvirth Moves Again”

  1. Stokley Rose Says:

    Is there any indication of an attitude problem with him? Do good players get moved all the time in the OHL or is this unusual? I just can’t see if he’s that good, why has he been moved twice? Thanks.

  2. idil Says:

    My basic take, Stokley, is that he’s become a starter mercenary of sorts (especially given that he’s going pro after this season is over).

    Windsor was a good team but a little too young to realistically be called a contender in the OHL playoffs this season. They managed to land a younger goaltender and another good young forward, so it makes sense from Windsor’s perspective if they feel they’re a year off from being a real top-flight team. Oshawa, being further along as a contending team and potentially facing the loss of Brett MacLean after this season, felt they were just a few pieces away and made a number of moves at the deadline to bolster their lineup for a playoff run.

  3. dumpnchase Says:

    Stokley,
    I’ve never detected any attitude issues in my dealings with Neuvirth. He seems like a proud and driven kid, not to mention talented. The OHL trade deadline was today I believe, and it’s not unlike the NHL in that teams like Oshawa try to load up for a run at the Cup. The Generals are in a bit of an arms race with Kitchener this year, and Windsor’s team is young and looking more towards next season.

    Basically, what idil said.


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