Caps Re-sign Goalie Prospect Vitek Vanecek to a Three-year Extension

Posted July 1, 2019

The Capitals have announced they have re-signed goaltending prospect Vitek Vanecek to a three-year extension worth a total of $2.15 million. The first year of Vanecek’s contract will be a two-way contract ($700,000 NHL; $160,000 AHL), while the final two years will be one-way ($700,000 and $750,000). The AAV is slightly more than $716K a season.

Vanecek, 23, was the Caps second round draft pick, 39th overall, in 2014. After spending a year with South Carolina in the ECHL, Vanecek has spent the last three seasons in Hershey.

Last season, Vanecek went 21-16-3 with a 2.62 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He was a much needed stabilizer while Ilya Samsonov found his groove in Hershey while adjusting to North America. Vanecek represented Hershey at the AHL All-Star Classic.

With Braden Holtby entering the final year of his contract, do not be surprised if Vanecek gets a few games with Washington this season as the Caps try to evaluate their future at the goaltending position.