We asked and you answered- so thank you to those of you who answered our poll on Twitter. Pheonix Copley has been in the Caps organization off and on since the 2013-14 season. He began by playing for the Caps ECHL affiliate Carolina Stingrays but only appeared in three games making 77 saves and ending with a .906 save percentage. In the 2014-15 season Copley played 26 games for The Hershey Bears playing backup to none other than our favorite German goalie; Philipp Grubauer. During his short stint in Hershey he earned a 0.925 save percentage and had a 2.17 GAA, slightly lower than that of Grubi (2.30) and on par with Braden Holtby’s GAA of 2.14 just two seasons prior.
After the 2014-15 season Copley was traded away along with Troy Brouwer for our guy- TJ Oshie. But this did not last too long- Copley returned alongside Kevin Shattenkirk in February 2017 to play for the Bears yet again. During his years away he honed his craft and returned with a few NHL games under his belt and a few more years of AHL experience.
We have not seen Copley play live on too many occasions but what we have seen in development camp and a few Hershey games we think he has the makings of an excellent NHL goalie. He is quick on his feet and reflexes like we haven’t seen in a while. A little time with the Caps goalie coaches and he will be ready for the show in no time. Whether he will be a back-up to Holtby this season or next, we expect it to happen in due time.
Oh and read our Hershey Bear reports to meet the players.