The Kings had a hole to fill after they dealt backup goaltender Martin Jones
to the Boston Bruins last Friday moments prior to the draft. Jones’s stint in Boston didn’t last very long; the Bruins quickly shipped him off to the San Jose Sharks.
The Kings’ former backup goaltender is now a division foe, and is a good possibility to be opposite Jonathan Quick when both clubs open the 2015-’16 regular season on October 7th at STAPLES Center.
Until Wednesday morning, shorty after the NHL’s Free Agent period began, the Kings were locked in on finding a solid #2 goalie to replace Jones, while providing support for Quick.
The Kings found their guy – Jhonas Enroth, acquiring the 27 year-old free agent from the Dallas Stars on a one-year contract worth $1.25M.
Enroth, drafted 46th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2006, spent time in the Swedish Elite League and American Hockey League before making his NHL debut on November 7, 2009 with Buffalo. Enroth spent parts of six seasons with the Sabres, appearing in 118 games, making 106 starts, posting a 38-56-14 mark; he carried a .910 SV% and a 2.92 GAA.
Enroth recorded two shutouts in his combined 44 starts during the 2014-’15 campaign, one of them coming against the Kings on December 9, 2014 – stopping all 34 shots he faced in the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 win.
Buffalo shipped Enroth to the Dallas Stars on February 11, 2015. With the Stars, Enroth appeared in 13 games, made nine starts, and finished his tenure with a 5-5-0 mark. Enroth posted a .906 SV% and a 2.38 GAA in his short time with Dallas.
Anze Kopitar played professionally in Sweden before coming over to North America for Södertälje SK as part of the Swedish Elite League. Enroth came up through the same system.
Will the nickname for the Kings’ backup goaltender have to change as well?
Below are a few highlights from Enroth's time with the Buffalo Sabres:
GIROUX CAN'T GET THROUGH
NHL Live took to the airwaves on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Kings' acquisition of the seven-year NHL goaltender: