Vitek Vanecek

Vitek Vanecek

28-Year-Old GoalieG
San Jose Sharks
IR
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 4/18/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Doubts about Vanecek's ability to be an NHL starter were at least partially quelled in 2022-23, as he posted a 33-11-4 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 52 games in his first year with the Devils. The 27-year-old netminder has a chance to grow with a team that could take another significant leap forward propeled by top-end forward talent, though the loss of Ryan Graves and Damon Severson could put the defense in an uncomfortable spot. Vancek is now firmly a top-20 goalie in fantasy, and playing on a strong team will push him closer to the top 10, especially in formats that put a greater significance on wins. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.2 million contract with the Devils in July of 2022.
Might be done for season
GSan Jose Sharks
Lower Body
March 8, 2024
Vanecek, who was acquired by San Jose from New Jersey on Friday, might be done for the remainder of the season due to his lower-body injury, James Nichols of New Jersey Hockey Now reports Friday.
ANALYSIS
Vanecek has a 17-9-3 record, 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage in 32 contests this season. Although the Sharks might not get any use out of him in 2023-24, the goaltender has another season remaining on his three-year, $10.2 million contract.
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Expected to start
GNew Jersey Devils
February 8, 2024
Per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site, Vanecek is in the starter's crease at morning practice and should be between the home pipes versus Calgary on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Vanecek has been mediocre this season despite his 17-8-2 record, as he has a 3.23 GAA and an .888 save percentage. He was great Tuesday in a 5-3 win over Colorado, stopping 35 shots. Vanecek will face Calgary, which is averaging 31.4 shots on goal per game, 11th in the NHL.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Capitals completely remade their goaltending room this offseason, dealing Vanecek to New Jersey and not qualifying Ilya Samsonov. Those two split time almost evenly in 2021-22, with Vanecek playing 42 games and finishing with a 20-12-6 record, a 2.67 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Those are virtually identical to the numbers he posted two seasons ago and a rough baseline of what to expect moving forward should the 26-year-old netminder be able to wrestle the Devils' No. 1 job away from the underwhelming Mackenzie Blackwood in 2022-23. New Jersey would likely prefer that Vanecek wins the competition considering the team handed him a fresh three-year, $10.2 million contract in July.
Vanecek saw action in 37 of Washington's 56 regular season games last year, which is amazing considering he was originally expected to be the club's No. 3 goaltender behind Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist ended up missing the season with a heart issue and Samosnov missed a ton of time due to COVID-19 protocols. Vanecek's numbers were solid (21-10-4, 2.69 GAA, .908 save percentage), if unspectacular. Following the year, the 25-year-old was exposed to Seattle and selected in the expansion draft before being dealt back to the Capitals for a draft pick just days later. Vanecek has exceeded expectations, but he's clearly behind Samsonov on the depth chart, who carried the load for Washington in the playoffs.
Vanecek took a big step forward with AHL Hershey last year, posting a 19-10-1 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 31 appearances. That's still not enough to trust him with a starting NHL job -- Vanecek will compete with Craig Anderson and Pheonix Copley for the right to be Ilya Samsonov's primary backup for the 2020-21 season. The 24-year-old Vanecek will likely ascend to the NHL on a more permanent basis in the next two years or so, but Samsonov will be the main man in Washington for the foreseeable future.
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Traded to Sharks
GSan Jose Sharks
Lower Body
March 8, 2024
Vanecek (lower body) and a seventh-round pick were traded to San Jose from New Jersey in exchange for Kaapo Kahkonen on Friday, per Jeff Marek of Sportsnet.
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Moves to IR
GNew Jersey Devils
Lower Body
February 20, 2024
Vanecek (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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Ruled out next two games
GNew Jersey Devils
Lower Body
February 15, 2024
Vanecek (lower body) won't be available for the Devils' next two contests, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports Thursday.
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Not suiting up Tuesday
GNew Jersey Devils
Lower Body
February 13, 2024
Vanecek (lower body/illness) won't dress for Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Under the weather and injured
GNew Jersey Devils
Lower Body
February 12, 2024
Vanecek is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury and an illness, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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