Blue Jackets Acquire Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff From Los Angeles Kings
Veteran net-minder acquired via trade for future considerations, assigned to Monsters.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Monday that the Blue Jackets acquired veteran goaltender Jeff Zatkoff via trade from the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations. A 6’2”, 179 lb., left-handed native of Detroit, MI, Zatkoff, 30, was selected by the Kings in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
In parts of four NHL seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles from 2013-17, Zatkoff posted a record of 18-21-4 with one shutout, a 2.72 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage and helped the Penguins claim the 2016 Stanley Cup. In 208 career AHL appearances for the Manchester Monarchs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Ontario Reign spanning parts of seven seasons from 2008-17, Zatkoff accumulated a record of 98-82-6 with 16 shutouts, a 2.45 goals-against average, and a .915 save percentage. In 37 ECHL appearances for Ontario during the 2008-09 campaign, Zatkoff supplied a record of 17-15-3 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Prior to his professional career, Zatkoff registered a 54-22-7 record with seven shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average, and a .927 save percentage in 92 NCAA appearances for Miami (OH) University spanning three seasons from 2005-08. During the 2004-05 season, Zatkoff went 13-6-3 with one shutout, a 2.55 goals-against average, and a .914 save percentage for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. Zatkoff also helped Team USA claim the Bronze Medal at the 2007 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Tuesday road clash vs. the Milwaukee Admirals with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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