Pavel Francouz

Pavel Francouz

31-Year-Old GoalieG
Colorado Avalanche
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Francouz appeared primed to split time with Philipp Grubauer last season on the heels of a rookie campaign in which he posted a 21-7-4 record, a 2.41 GAA and a .923 save percentage, but a lower-body injury ended up sidelining Francouz for the entire 2020-21 campaign. Clearly concerned about the durability of Francouz, Colorado went out and acquired Darcy Kuemper from the Coyotes via trade after Grubauer signed with the expansion Seattle Kraken as an unrestricted free agent. Kuemper is going to be the starter for the Avalanche given how much they gave up to acquire him (defenseman Conor Timmins, in addition to a first and third-round pick), leaving Francouz in a backup role and undraftable in leagues with weekly lineup changes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract extension with the Avalanche in February of 2020.
Posts second straight shutout
GColorado Avalanche
January 24, 2022
Francouz recorded a 24-save shutout in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
ANALYSIS
Francouz has posted shutouts in his last two starts to extend his winning streak to six games. The Czech netminder needed a little time to settle in, but he's emerging as a reliable backup to Darcy Kuemper. Francouz is at 6-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .932 save percentage in seven appearances, including a pair of shutouts. Kuemper will likely get the nod Wednesday against the Bruins, but with Francouz playing well, he could push for a more even share of playing time in the second half of the season.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Francouz was fantastic as a 29-year-old rookie in 2019-20, posting a 21-7-4 record while registering an impressive .923 save percentage and 2.41 GAA in 34 appearances. Philipp Grubauer will almost certainly enter the 2020-21 campaign as Colorado's No. 1 netminder due to his experience, but Francouz will be breathing down his neck, and it's quite possible the two end up splitting the starts pretty evenly if they perform similarly. There will be plenty of wins to go around for each backstop playing behind a championship-caliber Avalanche squad, and while Grubauer certainly has the edge in terms of overall value, Francouz has the makings of a nice No. 2 fantasy option that can be snagged in the middle rounds of this year's drafts.
With battle-tested veteran Semyon Varlamov dispatched to the Islanders in free agency, opportunity knocks for Francouz in the NHL. The lanky netminder -- who spent eight seasons honing his craft between a Czech league and the KHL -- posted a 27-20-1 record, 2.68 GAA and .918 save percentage for AHL Colorado in 2018-19. He stumbled in the Calder Cup playoffs, but not before making an All-Star appearance in the minors. Bound by a one-year, $950,000 contract, Francouz projects to serve as the No. 2 option behind Phillipp Grubauer in Denver this season, though he'll be hard-pressed to register more than 25 starts as an understudy to the emerging Grubauer.
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Between pipes Monday
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January 24, 2022
Francouz will defend the home cage Monday against Chicago, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Makes 34 saves in shutout
GColorado Avalanche
January 19, 2022
Francouz posted a 34-save shutout in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Ducks.
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Starting Wednesday
GColorado Avalanche
January 19, 2022
Francouz will be in net for Wednesday's game in Anaheim, Conor McGahey of Altitude Sports reports.
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Picks up win in relief
GColorado Avalanche
January 17, 2022
Francouz stopped 25 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime after replacing Darcy Kuemper (head) midway through the second period and then turned aside all three shootout attempts in Monday's 4-3 win over the Wild.
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Prevails in shootout
GColorado Avalanche
January 14, 2022
Francouz stopped 23 of 26 shots in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
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