The Bruins announced Tuesday that they've signed 6-foot-6 Czech goalie Daniel Vladar to a three-year, entry-level contract.
“Darth” Vladar, 18, was a third-round pick of the Bruins, the 75th overall selection, in the 2015 draft. He spent last season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL and finished with a 12-12-4 record, a 2.31 goals-against average (fifth in the USHL), a .920 save percentage (fifth in the USHL) and three shutouts in 30 games. He also played for HC Klando (Czech U20) prior to joining the Steel, and played 29 games with a 2.78 GAA and a .926 save percentage. In addition, he represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki.
Vladar's signing might be as much about Boston’s other organizational goaltenders as it is about him. Malcolm Subban was never able to return after suffering a fractured larynx suffered in pregame warm-ups earlier this season, and Zane McIntyre struggled to the tune of a .898 save percentage in his first AHL season with the Providence Bruins. So adding the massive Vladar to the mix gives the Bruins another young goaltender they can work with closely, and gives them another talented puck-stopping body as they decide whether to search inside or outside the organization for Tuukka Rask’s backup help next season.