The Boston Bruins drafted tall, Czech-born goaltender Daniel Vladar with the 75th overall selection at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – and just one year after he made the move to North America to play in the USHL, he’s earned himself an entry-level deal with the NHL club.
The Bruins announced on Tuesday afternoon that Vladar, who finished his 2015-16 season with the Chicago Steel with a .920 save percentage in all situations through 30 games, had inked a three-year entry level deal with the club. He’s eligible to join the team as soon as next year, although will likely need a few years of minor league development before hitting the NHL at any point.
A native of Praha, Czech Republic, Vladar will come to the Bruins with more than just North American experience and time in the Czech pro leagues; he’s got plenty of international experience, as well. A U18 World Championships silver medal and an Ivan Hlinka silver medal (earned during the 2014 and 2015 tournaments, respectively) add to his impressive regular season resume, and a .933 save percentage during an eight-game tour for HC Kladno of the tier 2 Czech league suggest he’s got enough poise to potentially get a deeper look in the minors soon.
The Bruins signing Vladar after just one year of North American junior hockey, though, is intriguing given their current system depth; the Atlantic Division club already boasts both Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre in their prospect pool in net.