Washington Capitals End Of Season Prospect Report (Goaltenders)

By Jeff Charlesworth

Welcome to the fifth and final edition of my positional reviews of the Washington Capitals
prospects. Today I will give you all the info you need on the goaltenders.

GOALTENDERS

Rastislav Stana – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Stana turned some heads with his performance this season. He had done well last year, but
showed the potential to be a number one goalie down the line in the second half of this year. He
started the season playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors, but was dealt to the number-one ranked
Hitmen at the trading deadline. As good as the numbers he put up in the regular season were, he
absolutely shone in the playoffs. Rastislav must be signed in the off-season or he will re-enter
this year’s draft. The Capitals might take the rarely used route of signing him and returning
him to junior.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
MooseJaw/Calgary (WHL) 30 3.00 17-11-1 .908 1
WHL PLAYOFFS 9 2.40 7-2-0 .911 1

Martin Brochu – Portland Pirates (AHL)

The only things Martin didn’t do this year were: solve world hunger and bring peace to the
Middle East. In one of the most spectacular seasons in recent memory, Brochu won: AHL All-Star
Game MVP, AHL Top Goaltender, AHL MVP and Portland MVP. The only down note of the season was an
injury late in the year that kept him out during the stretch drive and seriously affected his
play during the playoffs. Martin will be a free agent during the off-season and will attract a
lot of interest from other clubs. The Capitals would like to bring him in as Olaf Kolzig’s
backup next year, but Brochu may decide to move on.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Portland (AHL) 54 2.19 32-15-5 .925 4
AHL PLAYOFFS 2 5.27 0-2-1 .837 0

Sebastien Charpentier – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Sebastien proved that he is ready to take over the number one job in Portland next season, with
some excellent play at the end of the year. Once again, he suffered a serious injury early in
the season – just like last year – and missed significant time. He also excelled in the
playoffs, but gave up the starting job to Martin Brochu when he returned from his injury.
Sebastien will share the goaltending duties with Curtis Cruickshank next year and would be the
first to be recalled to Washington if an injury arose.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Portland (AHL) 18 2.77 10-4-3 .914 0
AHL PLAYOFFS 3 2.96 1-1-0 .911 0

Curtis Cruickshank – Portland Pirates (AHL)

Curtis was meant to play the entire season at Hampton Roads, but injuries to Charpentier and
Brochu kept him travelling back and forth between the ECHL and AHL. It is difficult to gauge
Curtis’ progress this year, due to the bouncing back and forth and having to wait weeks in
between games. Even when he got to the ECHL, he wasn’t playing full-time because ECHL Goaltender
of the Year Jan Lasak took hold of the Admirals’ starting duties. Next season, Curtis will be
backing up Charpentier in Portland and should get some decent playing time.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Portland (AHL) 10 2.99 4-5-1 .904 0
Hampton Roads (ECHL) 7 3.52 4-3-0 .884 0
ECHL PLAYOFFS 1 10.23 0-0-0 .714 0

Jomar Cruz – Tri-City Americans (WHL)

This season Jomar got the big break he was looking for. After sharing Brandon’s goaltending
duties for two-and-a-half seasons, he was traded to Tri-City and was given a chance as a number
one goaltender. Things did not exactly go the way he had planned, and he had a disappointing
season. Tri-City was a mediocre team, and he put up terrible numbers. Once the Americans made
the playoffs, Jomar was exhausted and did not play well. As a 1998 draft pick, he must be signed
or he will re-enter the draft. The Capitals put a big investment in him by making him their top
pick that year, so it is expected that they will sign him. He will probably be assigned to the
ECHL as Portland will not carry three goalies.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Brandon/Tri-City (WHL) 56 3.83 15-35-5 .881 1
WHL PLAYOFFS 3 8.24 0-1-0 .708 0

Thanks for reading my “End of the Season Reviews”, and be sure to come back during the
off-season to check for more updates.