Vitek Vanecek

Vitek Vanecek

26-Year-Old GoalieG
Washington Capitals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Vanecek saw action in 37 of Washington's 56 regular season games last year, which is amazing considering he was originally expected to be the club's No. 3 goaltender behind Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist ended up missing the season with a heart issue and Samosnov missed a ton of time due to COVID-19 protocols. Vanecek's numbers were solid (21-10-4, 2.69 GAA, .908 save percentage), if unspectacular. Following the year, the 25-year-old was exposed to Seattle and selected in the expansion draft before being dealt back to the Capitals for a draft pick just days later. Vanecek has exceeded expectations, but he's clearly behind Samsonov on the depth chart, who carried the load for Washington in the playoffs. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $2.15 million contract with the Capitals in July of 2019.
Yanked after two
GWashington Capitals
May 5, 2022
Vanecek allowed five goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Ilya Samsonov in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
Vanecek couldn't repeat his excellent performance in Game 1, allowing five goals in the first two periods before he was replaced by Ilya Samsonov to start the third. It remains to be seen which goaltender will get the starting nod for Game 3 in Washington. Vanecek posted a 20-12-6 record with a .908 save percentage during the regular season.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Vanecek took a big step forward with AHL Hershey last year, posting a 19-10-1 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 31 appearances. That's still not enough to trust him with a starting NHL job -- Vanecek will compete with Craig Anderson and Pheonix Copley for the right to be Ilya Samsonov's primary backup for the 2020-21 season. The 24-year-old Vanecek will likely ascend to the NHL on a more permanent basis in the next two years or so, but Samsonov will be the main man in Washington for the foreseeable future.
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Starting Game 2
GWashington Capitals
May 5, 2022
Vanecek will guard the road goal in Thursday's Game 2 versus the Panthers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Wins series opener
GWashington Capitals
May 3, 2022
Vanecek made 30 saves in Tuesday's 4-2 Game 1 win over the Panthers.
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Starting against Panthers
GWashington Capitals
May 3, 2022
Vanecek will be in goal for Game 1 versus Florida on the road Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Allows five in loss
GWashington Capitals
April 28, 2022
Vanecek stopped 21 of 26 shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Islanders.
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Between the pipes Thursday
GWashington Capitals
April 28, 2022
Vanecek will get the start on the road Thursday against the Islanders, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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