The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Cole Kehler to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The 19-year-old Kehler (born Dec. 17, 1997) is a 6-4, 205-pound native of Altona, Manitoba who has appeared in 22 games this season with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), posting a 17-4-0-1 record, .931 save percentage, a 2.20 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Among league leaders, he currently ranks second in goals-against average and save percentage, tied for second in wins, fourth in shutouts and sixth in minutes played (1,307).
Kehler has appeared in 110 career regular-season games in the WHL between Portland and Kamloops, posting a career record of 53-39-2-4, .901 save percentage, a 3.34 goals-against average and four shutouts.
During the 2017 WHL playoffs with Portland, he appeared in 11 games, recording a 5-6 record, .897 save percentage and a 4.17 goals against average to help Portland reach the Western Conference Second Round before falling to the Kelowna Rockets.