Pavel Francouz

Colorado Avalanche
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Fantasy Summary

A proven KHL standout who is adjusting well in North America


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CZE
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 3, 1990
Height 6‘0”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

March 2019 – Francouz has stayed hot, earning AHL Player of the Week Honors thanks to a 4-0-0 record and 0.959 sv%. His chances of being a full-time NHL backup next season are very high. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Francouz has been named to the AHL All-Star team, thanks to his strong 0.915 SV% in 24 games for the Eagles. His time is certainly coming in the NHL. He has been an injury call-up already, posting a 0.943 SV% in two relief appearances, but has not received any starts so far. If he keeps this up, he will be an NHL backup in 2019-20. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – In 6 AHL appearances, Francouz has amassed a .916 SV% – not bad for someone new to North America. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a call-up opportunity. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2018 – After a few training camp and preseason appearances, Francouz will start the season in the AHL, but don’t think this is the end of his chance. Its only a matter of time before he sees injury-replacement call-up duties, and that will be his real chance to prove he’s NHL-caliber. He has yet to make us think otherwise.  Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2018 – Colorado has signed Pavel Francouz to a one-year deal. The 27-year-old is coming off his 3rd straight outstanding season in the KHL, where he played 35 games and carried a .946 SV% (actually down from an incredible .953 in 2016-17). This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Avs who spent almost no money on this proven net-minder. Hayden Soboleski Francouz going unsigned until now is most likely due to his height – at 6-0 he is at the bare minimum of most teams’ size expectations these days. But his track record in the KHL in undeniable in both regular season and playoffs, and he has international tournament experience to boot. He should receive every opportunity to earn the role of Varlamov’s backup come training camp, and that role comes with a lot of starts given how injury prone the Russian is. If his game translates even half-decently, Francouz will be an immediate fantasy asset.


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2005-2006 HC Plzen U18 Czech U18 27 1.85 .925 | Playoffs 6 2.58 .905
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 1 3.00 .869 |        
 2006-2007 HC Plzen U18 Czech U18 35 2.88 .911 | Playoffs 8 2.51 .912
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 5 1.51 .931 |        
 2007-2008 HC Plzen U20 Czech U20 37 2.64 .915 | Playoffs 5 2.41 .926
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 D1 1 2.00 .895 |        
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 8 1.26 .948 |        
 2008-2009 HC Plzen U20 Czech U20 20 1.74 .953 |        
  HC Plzen Czech 15 2.96 .922 | Playoffs 5 1.92 .941
  HC Klatovy Czech3 1 9.60 .000 |        
 2009-2010 HC Plzen U20 Czech U20 6 1.83 .948 | Playoffs 2 2.00 .944
  HC Plzen Czech 8 3.71 .867 |        
  HC Tabor Czech2 9 2.42 .906 |        
  SK Horacka Slavia Trebic Czech2 4 1.76 .948 | Playoffs 9 2.71 .926
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 2 4.76 .862 |        
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 5 3.66 .884 |        
 2010-2011 HC Slovan Usti nad Labem U20 Czech U20 3 3.02 .917 |        
  HC Slovan Usti nad Labem Czech Q - - - | Qualification 6 2.28 .919
  HC Slovan Usti nad Labem Czech2 15 2.08 .926 | Playoffs 10 1.79 .944
  SK Horacka Slavia Trebic Czech2 15 1.77 .952 |        
 2011-2012 HC Slovan Usti nad Labem Czech2 16 1.77 .938 |        
  HC Ocelari Trinec Czech 1 6.00 .800 |        
 2012-2013 HC Litvinov Czech 46 2.59 .920 | Playoffs 7 2.18 .935
  Czech Republic EHT 0 - - |        
  Czech Republic WC 2 0.00 1.000 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 4 0.25 - |        
 2013-2014 HC Litvinov Czech 48 2.02 .932 | Relegation 2 1.00 .969
  Czech Republic EHT 0 - - |        
  Czech Republic WC 0 - - |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 1 0.00 1.000 |        
 2014-2015 HC Litvinov Czech 46 2.08 .931 | Playoffs 17 1.38 .953
  Czech Republic EHT 4 4.02 .852 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 4 4.02 .852 |        
 2015-2016 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 18 2.21 .924 |        
  Czech Republic EHT 3 2.00 .900 |        
  Czech Republic WC 4 2.45 .896 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 9 2.07 .915 |        
 2016-2017 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 30 1.43 .953 | Playoffs 6 2.15 .924
  Czech Republic EHT 6 2.67 .876 |        
  Czech Republic WC 4 1.49 .910 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 12 2.22 .891 |        
 2017-2018 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 1.80 .946 | Playoffs 12 1.90 .949
  Czech Republic EHT 5 2.53 .907 |        
  Czech Republic OG 6 2.27 .905 |        
  Czech Republic WC 5 2.38 .904 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 16 2.28 .906 |        
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 1.97 .943 |        
  Colorado Eagles AHL 49 2.68 .918 | Playoffs 4 3.31 .895
  Czech Republic WC 3 0.77 .957 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 3 0.77 .957 |        
 2019-2020 Colorado Avalanche NHL - - - |        

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