MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have reassigned goaltender Jeff Zatkoff
to the ECHL's Ontario Reign and recalled goaltender Daniel Taylor from the ECHL's Reading Royals, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced Tuesday.
Zatkoff, 21, played in three games for the Monarchs since his recall on December 17 and compiled a record of 1-2-0 with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .918 save-percentage. Prior to his call-up, Zatkoff had a record of 8-6-1, a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .934 save-percentage in 16 games with the Reign this season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Detroit, Michigan, played three seasons at Miami University (Ohio). From 2005-08, Zatkoff compiled a 55-21-5 record, a 1.96 goals-against-average and a .927 save-percentage in 82 career games with the Redhawks. Selected by the Kings in the third round (74th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Zatkoff signed a multi-year entry-level contract with the Kings on April 10, 2008.
Taylor, 22, began the season with the Royals and collected a 3-17-1 record, a 3.96 goals-against-average and a .881 save-percentage in 23 games. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound netminder was born in Plymouth, England, and split the 2007-08 season between Manchester, Los Angeles and Reading. He registered a 13-5-2 record, a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .921 save-percentage in 23 games with the Monarchs and was undefeated in five games with the Royals going 3-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against-average and a .917 save-percentage last season. Taylor made his NHL debut with the Kings against the Dallas Stars on March 29, 2008. He stopped eight shots in 20 minutes of play and let in two goals in his lone NHL game. Selected by the Kings in the seventh round (221 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Taylor will wear No. 46 with the Monarchs.