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Capitals ink Schmidt, Vanecek

Jul 13, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have recently signed two young players to deals, as they came to terms with defenseman Nate Schmidt (pictured) and goalie Vitek Vanecek.

Schmidt, 22, received a one-year, two-way contract. He might not be well-known at this point, but his numbers look pretty promising for a depth blueliner. Japer’s Rink does a great job of illustrating why the logjam on defense might hurt a player with some strengths, who might just be a little too “one-dimensional” to make an impact on what Capitals owner Ted Leonsis calls the defensive corps the team’s had since he bought the franchise.

Then again, if the Capitals were to defy their previous claims and actually trade a player like Mike Green, Schmidt could very well find himself with a larger role (or at least a role) with the team. The two-way deal gives him room to breathe and the Capitals a little leeway with their NHL-level roster.

The Caps also signed 2014 second-rounder Vanecek to an entry-level deal, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie:

Washington traded the 44th and 74th picks of the 2014 NHL Draft to select Vanecek, 18, with what was the Buffalo Sabres’ 39th pick. Giving up a third-rounder just to move up a few spots to grab the goalie is a strong signal that the team has pretty high hopes for the Czech-born netminder.

  1. wutangwild - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Atta boy Schmidt! He was awesome to watch his last two years as a Gopher. Hope he can step up to the next level

  2. rsmaggiemae - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    I could never understand why the Wild did not even let him try out as a walk on for thier training camp in 2013-2014 ….. Leopold even said that when they signed Vanek ticket sales went up 2-3 times over the average so management should see that the fans in Mn like the hometown boys to play for the Wild… he just needs experience in the NHL and now with this being his second year should do even better. what a shame …….

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