The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday morning that they have re-assigned defenseman Martin Fehervary and goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
Vanecek was called up to back-up Braden Holtby after Ilya Samsonov was struck up high by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin during the morning skate on Tuesday prior to their 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Fehervary, 20, was called up so the Capitals could see where he’s at in his development and played 19:55 worth of ice time against the Kings and impressed with a takeaway, a giveaway, two blocked shots, four hits, a shot, and a +2 rating. He has been held scoreless in four NHL games this season. Fehervary has recorded four goals, 14 points, and a +12 rating in 45 games with the Bears this season. He was drafted 46th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Vanecek, 24, is 13-9-2 with Hershey this season with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. He has backed up three games with the Capitals this season.
From The Caps
The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Martin Fehervary and goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fehervary, 20, has appeared in four games with the Capitals this season. The 6’2″, 200-pound rookie defenseman averaged 15:51 TOI per game and recorded a 54.10 shot attempt percentage (52 shot attempts for, 44 against) at five-on-five.
Fehervary, who was selected with the Capitals’ second round pick, 46th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut on Oct. 2 against the St. Louis Blues and became the first player selected outside of the first round to make his NHL debut before the age of 20 since Samuel Girard (Nashville, selected in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft) on Oct. 10, 2017. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native is one of 11 defensemen in franchise history to make his NHL debut before the age of 20.
In 45 games with Hershey this season, Fehervary has 14 points (4g, 10a). Among rookie AHL defensemen, Fehervary’s 10 assists are tied for 17th and his +12 plus/minus ranks fifth.
Vanecek, 24, is 13-9-2 with Hershey this season with a 2.43 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Vanecek, who has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his 24 appearances, is tied for 10th in the NHL in goals against average. The 6’1″, 187-pound goaltender won six consecutive games from Dec. 6 to Dec. 27. In January, Vanecek was named to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic for the second consecutive season, where he received Most Valuable Player honors after allowing two goals over four games in the round-robin tournament with the Atlantic Division.
In 134 career games with the Bears, Vanecek has a 65-42-26 record with 10 shutouts, a 2.64 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
The Capitals selected Vanecek with their second round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.