MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, signed goaltender Jeff Jakaitis to a professional tryout agreement, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced Monday.
Jakaitis, 25, joins the Monarchs after appearing in 24 games with the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers this season. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound native of Rochester, Minnesota, has a record of 12-9-2 with a 2.72 goals-against-average and a .913 save-percentage with the Checkers. Jakaitis began his professional career with the ECHL's Columbia Infernio during the 2007-08 season following four years at Lake Superior State University. With the Inferno, he had a 12-14-6 record, a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .909 save-percentage in 36 games. Jakaitis played in 116 games with Lake Superior State University and collected a 40-57-18 record, a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .925 save-percentage from 2004-07. He will wear No. 30 for the Monarchs.
With the Kings' Erik Ersberg suffering from a lower body injury, Jonathan Bernier was recalled from Manchester, joining the Kings and leaving Manchester with one healthy goaltender, Danny Taylor. Jeff Zatkoff, who has appeared in three games with Manchester ( 1-2-0, 2.31 GAA and a .918 SV%), was unable to be recalled after being placed on the three-day injured reserve prior to the Ontario Reign's Jan. 17 game. Also, Zatkoff will be unable to participate in the ECHL All-Star weekend, scheduled for Jan. 20-21, and was replaced on the All-Star roster by Ontario's back up, John Murray.