Seventeen days after trading up in the NHL draft to get him, the Capitals have signed goaltender Vitek Vanecek to a three-year, entry-level contract.
According to capgeek.com, Vanecek, 18, will earn $775,833 if he plays in the NHL and $70,000 if he plays in the AHL. Vanecek also receives a signing bonus of $277,500 spread over three years at $92,500 per year. He is the first of the Caps' 2014 draft picks to sign a contract.
The Caps traded a second-round pick [No. 44] and a third-round pick [No. 74] to the Buffalo Sabres so they could select Vanecek at No. 39 in the second round.
In 38 games for Billi Tygri of the Czech Republic’s Under-20 League last season, Vanecek posted two shutouts, a 2.64 GAA and a .921 save percentage.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder also represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .897 save percentage to help lead the Czechs to a silver medal.
Vanecek also represented the Czechs at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He posted a 2.61 GAA and .928 save percentage to help the Czechs win a bronze medal at the Hlinka tournament.
Vanecek was ranked eighth overall among European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.
Here’s a quick scouting report:
Here’s a scouting report by Hockey’s Future:
Vanecek is an athletic … goaltender who uses his reflexes, a quick glove and blocker to stone the opponents. He's been able to make big saves all season long, relying on his reflexes and athleticism. On the other hand, he's been suffering from inconsistency as he sometimes just has a bad day. Not only has Vanecek been an efficient netminder in junior hockey, but he's also made the first couple of steps towards the professional leagues.