Washington Capitals Acknowledge Vitek Vanecek In His Return to Capital One Arena

Photo courtesy David Brown

The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Darcy Kuemper in the offseason to a five-year contract to be their number one goalie for the foreseeable future, hoping for stability long-term in the position. During their Thursday night tilt against the New Jersey Devils, the team tapped their sticks to a man who once held that position.

While he was not the starting netminder for New Jersey, the Caps took a moment to acknowledge former draft pick and once-potential number one starter Vitek Vanecek during the first period of their game against the Devils.

The former second-round pick (39th overall) in 2014 was received warmly by the Capital One Arena crowd.

In parts of two seasons at the NHL level (although he spent a number of seasons within the organization) with the Caps, Vanecek went 41-22-10 with a .908 Save Percentage, 2.68 Goals-Against Average, and six shutouts. While he showed flashes of potential number one netminding, inconsistency and a closing competitive window for the team saw the Caps move on from the 27-year old and fellow young goalie Ilya Samsonov last summer.

Photo courtesy David Brown

In 41 Games Played (38 starts) this season with New Jersey, Vanecek has a 27-7-0 record, 2.55 Goals-Against Average, .907 Save Percentage, and two shutouts.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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2 Responses to Washington Capitals Acknowledge Vitek Vanecek In His Return to Capital One Arena

  1. Anonymous says:

    Miss his spirit and smile, but I see his stats are dipping. 908sv%

  2. Anonymous says:

    Head coach blew that one didn’t he

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