Vitek Vanecek Is NHL’s Rookie of the Month

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Posted February 2, 2021

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This shouldn’t come as a big surprise but Caps goalie Vitek Vanecek was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month. Though he lost last night, in January he went 5-0-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Washington’s second round (39th overall) draft pick in 2014 became the 11th goaltender in NHL history to start his career with a point streak of at least seven games. Vanecek, 25, got his long-awaited chance to play regularly following the absences of Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist. He is the first Capitals goaltender to be named Rookie of the Month since fellow Czech Michal Neuvirth in October 2010.

To put in perspective how long it’s been for Vanecek, here back in 2015, he was named the ECHL’s rookie of the week. Here’s how he reacted to that news:

 

Vitek Vanecek in January

Date Opponent

SA

SV

GA

MIN

Result
Jan. 15 at Buffalo

31

30

1

60:00

2-1 W
Jan. 19 at Pittsburgh

30

25

5

61:11

5-4 OT L
Jan. 22 BUFFALO

27

24

3

64:57

4-3 SO W
Jan. 24 BUFFALO

48

45

3

65:00

4-3 SO L
Jan. 26 NY ISLANDERS

34

32

2

60:00

3-2 W
Jan. 28 NY ISLANDERS

30

27

3

60:00

6-3 W
Jan. 30 BOSTON

43

40

3

60:28

4-3 OT W
Totals  

243

223

20

431:36

5-0-2