The Washington Capitals have signed their 2014 second-round draft pick Vitek Vanecek to a three-year, entry-level contract. Vanecek is from the Czech Republic and is only 18 years old, he will need some time to adjust to America. I can see Vanecek being in the Capitals long-term plans but not the short term. It is hard to say where Vanecek will start his Capitals career.
Here is the Capitals press release.
Capitals Sign Vitek Vanecek
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Caps PR
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Vitek Vanecek to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Vanecek, 18, was drafted by Washington in the second round, 39th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. Vanecek posted two shutouts, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 38 games with Billi Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic’s under-20 league during the 2013-14 season. The 6’0”, 180-pound goaltender represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage to help lead the Czech Republic to a silver medal.
Vanecek also represented the Czech Republic at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. The Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native posted a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage to help the Czech Republic win a bronze medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Vanecek was ranked eighth overall among European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.