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The EIHL has announced that the Edinburgh Capitals have signed 23 year old Tomas Hiadlovsky, a goalie from the Slovak Extraliga, the top league in Slovakia.  He has spent the last few seasons playing HK Dukla Trenčín, and last season played 19 games, posting a 3.20 GAA and .897 SVS%.  I’m not aware of the average stats for goalies in Slovakia, but these do not look like great stats, an opinion backed up by two facts:  the other goalie for Dukla Trencin, Vladimír Kováč, had a 2.45 GAA and .916 SVS% in 45 games; and Hiadlovsky was sent on loan to HK Puchov of the Slovak 2nd League.

Nonetheless, there are a few reasons to stay optimistic about him:

  1. He is only 23, and goalies NEVER develop in straight lines.  Only the most talented young goalies become quality starters before the age of 24, most don’t grab the job until much…

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