Don Sweeney, fresh at the helm, drafted the lanky and agile 6’5″ 185 pound Vladar in the third round of the 2015 draft at #75 overall. This selection came as a surprise to many of the Black and Gold faithful. It’s so tremendously difficult to scout goaltenders. There is no absolute science behind it and some goal tending prospects don’t turn into NHL caliber until years after their draft dates. It’s incredibly uncommon to see an 18-19 year old goalie break into the league.
Daniel Vladar spent his 2014-2015 season with HC Kladno in the Czech U20 league, where he played 29 games and posted a 2.78 GAA with a .926 save percentage. After seeing those stats that he posted in an U20 league and combining that with his large frame, Don Sweeney elected to roll the dice on another Czech player. After all, it’s working out with David Pastrnak, right?
SINCE HE WAS DRAFTED, VLADAR HAS BOUGHT INTO DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BECOME AN NHL STARTER-CALIBER GOALTENDER.
He’s moved from Europe to North America and spent the season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL during the 2015-2016 season. Vladar played 30 games with the Steel as one of the youngest members of the team. He posted an impressive 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage in his games played. Vladar came to Bruins camp ready to show the hard work he put into his game and his commitment to be a Boston Bruin. At training camp, his hard work showed on the ice.
Daniel Vladar was rewarded by the Bruins for his effort and signed his Entry Level Contract on Tuesday April 26th. He’s played 6 games with the Providence Bruins and was successful, posting a 2.84 GAA and a respectable .907 save percentage. He has played three games with the Bruins ECHL affiliate Atlanta Gladiators as well, with a 2.93 GAA and .907 save percentage. He’s playing against grown men, and he’s performing admirably. With Malcolm Subban looking more like a draft bust than boom, Vladar’s glimmer of promise is exciting. Tuukka Rask won’t be in the crease forever. If I were a well-informed Bruins fan, I’d be keeping an eye on Dan Vladar. He might be with the club before you know it.
I mean, come on, why wouldn’t we want a guy with the nickname “Darth Vladar” to develop into a stud #1 goalie? That’s a marketing dream for the Bruins, right?