Daniel Vladar

Hometown:

Prague Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1997-08-20

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

3rd round (75th overall), 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Daniel Vladar played for HC Kladno in the Czech Republic, appearing in games with the club’s U20, U18 and U16 teams. He stopped 25 of 28 shots in his only start for the HC Kladno U20 team. Vladar appeared in 36 regular season games for the HC Kladno U18 team and was 21-15 with 1 shutout, posting a 3.02 goals against and .907 save percentage. In three playoff games he was 1-2 with a 3.35 goals against and .867 save percentage. Vladar played 13 games with the Kladno U16 team and was 6-7 with 2 shutouts and had a 3.13 goals against and .907 save percentage. He played one international contest with the Czech U17 team, stopping 29 of 34 shots in his only start.

2013-14: Vladar appeared in six games with the HC Kladno U20 team and handled the bulk of the goaltending for the club’s U18 squad. He was selected to the Czech Republic U18 team for the 2014 World Juniors but did not see any action and played for the Czech U17 team at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. Vladar was 3-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.46 goals against and .906 save percentage with the Kladno U20 team. He started 31 games for the HC Kladno U18 team, finishing with a record of 23-8 and had 4 shutouts with a 2.26 goals against and .926 save percentage. In three playoff games he was 1-2 with a 3.37 goals against and .913 save percentage. In three games for the Czech U17 team at the WHC he was 1-2 with a 2.37 goals against and .937 save percentage.

2014-15: Vladar played in eight games for the HC Kladno men’s team in the Czech Extraliga second league and shared the goaltending duties for the club’s U20 team with 19-year-old Jiri Svihalek. He played for the Czech U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2015 World Junior Championship tournaments. He was named to the Czech U20 team but did not see any action at the World Juniors in Canada. Vladar was 4-4 with the HC Kladno men’s team, registering 1 shutout and finishing with a 1.97 goals against and .933 save percentage. In 29 regular season games for the Kladno U20 team he was 16-13 and had 1 shutout with a 2.78 goals against and .926 save percentage. He was 1-3 in four playoff games with a 3.60 goals against and .893 save percentage. Vladar had a 3.66 goals against and .885 save percentage for the Czech Republic in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He was 2-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.38 goals against and .903 save percentage in four games at the WJC. The Czech Republic finished sixth, falling 7-2 to the USA in the quarterfinals. Vladar was ranked second amongst international goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Boston in the third round (75th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He was selected by the Chicago Steel in the first round (7th overall) in the 2015 USHL Entry Draft.

Talent Analysis

Vladar is a long-term project between the pipes for the Bruins. He does however have a lot going for himself. For his size, he’s very quick and very good at covering the bottom of the net. He does need to work on his positioning but that will hopefully come with maturity.

Future

Vladar is skating for the USHL's Chicago Steel in 2015-16 and was with the Czech Republic U20 team at the 2016 World Juniors (though he did not appear in any games). He has split time with Michigan State University commit John Lethemon with the Steel. Vladar is not eligible to play college hockey in the USA having played eight games professionally in Europe so his immediate future is up in the air. Drafted out of Europe, he would be eligible to play in the AHL in 2016-17 if signed by the Bruins as a 19-year-old. It is not known if he can play major junior hockey in Canada after spending a year in North America — as Russian goalie Leo Lazarev is doing with the Ottawa 67's. Vladar's size and raw ability suggest he can be an NHL goaltender one day.

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