The New Jersey Devils traded two 2022 NHL draft picks for Washington Capitals goalkeeper Vitek Wensk on Friday morning.
The Devils selected the 26-year-old banned free agent Vancek and the Capitals (46th overall, originally from Winnipeg) in the second round.
Vancek completed his second NHL season in 20-12-6 with a .908 saving percentage and an average of 2.67 goals in 42 games. He was a threat to Capitals in 2020-21 before being selected from Seattle in the NHL expansion draft; A week later, they brought him back to the Capitals for a second-round pick.
The Devils entered the offseason, preferring better goalkeeping. His team savings percentage last season was .881, the second-worst in the NHL. Due to the COVID-19 and the absence of injuries as well as disability, the Devils used seven different goalkeepers last season.
At the end of last season, he defeated St. Louis Blues goalkeeper Vile Husso. But the Blues sent a pending free agent to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday morning, two days before the NHL draft, and Hussein signed a three-year deal with Detroit. Less than an hour later, the Devils announced that they had captured Vanek.
The Devils plan to pair Vanessa with goalkeeper Mackenzie Blackwood, 25, who has struggled to regain the form she showed by posting a .915 saving percentage in her 2019-20 breakout season.
The Capitals have banned free agent Ilya Samsonov but are expected to pursue an experienced goalkeeper in the off-season.