This off-season has already been one focused on goaltending. The Marek Mazanec, Magnus Hellberg, and Juuse Saros saga seems to have been figured out. That said, there is a new name to throw into the mix when thinking down the road and, like Mazanec, it’s a Czech. The Nashville Predators selected goaltender Karel Vejmelka in the fifth round.
Vejmelka has spent his entire career to this point in his native Czech Republic and most recently played with HC Dynamo Pardubice. When thinking of the height of the goalies within the Predators system you think tall – and Vejmelka is 6’3″ at the age of 19-years old. Last season, he spent the majority of his time in the under-20 squad where he played 37 games with a 2.54 goals against average and a 0.928 save percentage. With the senior team he played in 7 games and posted a 2.86 GAA and 0.922 SV%. He also was in net for the senior team in the playoffs for 6 games where he put up a 3.02 GAA and 0.915SV%.