The KHL has started handing out their end of season awards, and the newest member of the Colorado Avalanche is among the players being recognized by Europe’s top league. Newly signed Avs goaltender Pavel Francouz was just named the KHL’s Goalie of the Year after leading the league in save percentage for the second consecutive season.
Playing with Traktor Chelyabinsk, the 27-year old finished the season with a 15-11-5 record and a .946 sv%, leading his team to second place in the KHL’s Kharlamov Division. After a regular season that is now being recognized as the best in the league, Francouz was even better in the playoffs posting a .949 sv% in twelve games played.
A year prior, Francouz actually had better numbers, posting .953 sv% in 30 KHL games played.
It wasn’t only the KHL where Francouz impressed this year, he was the starting goalie for the Czech Republic at both the World Championship and the Olympics.
Last month, Francouz signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche worth $690,000. Since it is a one-way contract, it is presumed that the Czech netminder will be given the opportunity to serve as the backup for Semyon Varlamov next season.
As of right now, the Avs only have Varly, Francouz and Spencer Martin under contract, so there is a strong possibility that the team brings in a a veteran to battle for the backup role and add a little depth to the organization.