There were some concerns last summer, when the Capitals included Pheonix Copley in a trade for St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie, that the Capitals would need to push the re-set button on their goaltending depth.
The Caps rearranged their netminding hierarchy, signing Dan Ellis, promoting Philipp Grubauer, demoting Justin Peters, and pulling prospect Vitek Vanecek from the Czech Republic and assigning him to the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays.
It looks like those moves are starting to pay off. While Peters (5-3-2, 2.49 GAA, .914 SP) and Ellis (5-3-2, 3.01, .888) have backstopped the Hershey Bears to a 10-6-4 record in the AHL, Vanecek has been named ECHL Rookie of the Month for November.
The 19-year-old native of Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic went 4-2-1 with one shutout, a 1.26 GAA and a save percentage of .946 in seven appearances for the Stingrays during the month.
Taken by the Caps with the 39th overall selection of the 2014 NHL draft, Vanecek recorded his first pro shutout on Nov. 3, making 21 saves in a 2-0 win over Florida. He allowed two goals or fewer in six of seven appearances in November and made at least 22 saves four different times.
Vanecek has appeared in 12 games with the Stingrays this season posting a record of 5-5-2. He ranks eighth overall in the league, and third among rookies, with a 2.00 GAA and is tied for 13th with a .919 save percentage.