Ducks Secure Contract with Promising Young Goalie

The Ducks have signed 20-year-old goaltender Tomas Suchanek, who impressed at the World Juniors and has shown strong performance in the AHL, to a three-year, entry-level deal starting next season.

The Ducks just inked Tomas Suchanek to a shiny new three-year, entry-level contract. It kicks off next season. Earlier on Thursday, Eric Stephens from The Athletic hinted that the two parties were nearly there. But hey, no word on the cash involved yet.

Suchanek? If you’re into World Juniors, you’ve heard the name. The 20-year-old goalie was undrafted but turned heads at Czechia’s 2023 tournament. He was nothing short of spectacular, boasting a .934 save percentage and a 1.51 GAA across seven games. That stellar performance snagged him a silver medal and a spot on the All-Star Team.

Despite being overlooked in last summer’s NHL draft, Suchanek found his groove with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans for two seasons. His journey didn’t stop there. He landed a spot with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego.

After a stint in some preseason games on a tryout basis, he kicked off the season with ECHL Tulsa, on loan from San Diego. His debut in the pro league? Pretty decent. He recorded a .906 save percentage and a 3-5-0 record over eight games.

But here’s where it gets interesting. The Ducks’ goalies in San Diego weren’t exactly lighting it up, which opened the door for Suchanek. He got called up to the AHL in November.

And boy, did he seize the opportunity. Suchanek outshone the other netminders with a .919 save percentage, a 2.56 GAA, and a 12-6-3 record. Not to mention, he bagged two shutouts. For a young guy, those are impressive stats, especially considering the team’s struggles.

Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 181 pounds, Suchanek has shown he can hold his own at every level since landing in North America in 2021. Elite Prospects even dubbed him a “low-risk, high-reward” pick last year. They did point out a few areas for improvement, like his post-integration and footwork.

For now, Suchanek will wrap up the season on an AHL contract. That means we won’t see him in the major leagues until at least this summer. But come next fall, he’ll be eligible to play in the big league and will stick with Anaheim through 2027. At that point, he’ll be a restricted free agent.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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