Vitek Vanecek wins backup goaltending job behind Braden Holtby: ‘He’s a lot better than he’s been rewarded for’
Capitals head coach Todd Reirden announced Vitek Vanecek will back up Braden Holtby during the Caps’ round-robin game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, completing an unlikely rise up the depth chart for the young Czech. Vanecek has locked down the backup goalie spot for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and outplayed Pheonix Copley for the opportunity.
“Ultimately, he’s done a lot of really good things over the last couple of years – being a two-time All-Star in the American Hockey League, his game continues to improve every year,” Reirden said recently. “Had another solid year before the pause down in Hershey. He’s a guy we want to see in this type of setting.”