Blue Jackets Assign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Monsters

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Net-minder posted 2-3-1 record with one shutout in seven appearances for Cleveland this season.

 

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Thursday that the Blue Jackets assigned goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to the Monsters. In seven appearances for Cleveland this season, Zatkoff posted a record of 2-3-1 with one shutout, a 3.56 goals-against average, and a .863 save percentage.

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 and was acquired by the Blue Jackets via trade from Los Angeles in exchange for future considerations on January 22, 2018. 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 215 career AHL appearances for the Manchester Monarchs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Ontario Reign, and the Monsters spanning parts of eight seasons from 2008-18, Zatkoff accumulated a record of 100-85-7 with 17 shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average, and a .913 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 Friday road clash vs. the San Jose Barracuda with full coverage, live from SAP Center in San Jose, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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