The LA Kings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent goaltender Jeff Zatkoff on a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 29-year-old Zatkoff (born June 9, 1987) is a 6-2, 179-pound native of Detroit, Michigan, who appeared in 14 regular season games with Pittsburgh last season (4-7-1, 2.79 GAA, .917 S%).
Originally a third-round selection (74th overall) by the Kings at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Zatkoff played three NHL seasons in Pittsburgh, where he signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012. In 35 career regular season games – all with the Penguins – he has a record of 16-14-3 with a 2.66 GAA and a .915 S%.
Zatkoff made his NHL postseason debut in 2016, helping the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Penguins win the Cup with a 1-1 record, a 3.08 GAA, and a .908 S% over two playoff starts.
Zatkoff made his Penguins/NHL debut on October 11, 2013, at Florida, and he posted his first career shutout (19 saves) and first career win at Columbus on November 2, 2013. That same year, he posted seven straight wins from November 2 – December 29, 2013, and he went unbeaten in 10 straight games (9-0-1) from November 2 – January 30, 2014.
Zatkoff, who was a teammate of Kings defenseman Alec Martinez while at Miami of Ohio (NCAA; 2005-08), made his pro debut with the Manchester Monarchs (the Kings AHL club at the time) during the 2008-09 season, appearing in three games during a mid-season call-up from the ECHL. Zatkoff would go on to play three full seasons in Manchester (2009-12), where he led the team in goalie games played (44), wins (21) and shutouts (3) during the 2011-12 AHL campaign. Zatkoff was also an AHL Eastern Conference All-Star selection in 2012.
Zatkoff is also a two-time winner of the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award (given to the goaltending duo that allows the fewest AHL goals annually), as he shared the award while playing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) in both 2012-13 (shared with Brad Thiessen) and 2014-15 (shared with Matt Murray). He led the AHL with a 1.93 GAA in 2012-13.