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Capitals sign goalie Vanecek to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 11:01 AM / News

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Capitals sign goalie Vanecek to entry-level contract
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Vitek Vanecek to a three-year entry-level contract.

Goaltender Vitek Vanecek has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed.

Vanecek, 18, was selected by Washington in the second round (No. 39) of the 2014 NHL Draft. The first European goaltender taken in that draft, he had a 2.64 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and two shutouts in 38 games with Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic's under-20 league last season.

He represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U-18 World Championship, where he went 4-2-0 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .897 save percentage to help win a silver medal.

He was ranked eighth among European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.

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