The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Zatkoff, 27, has played in 15 AHL games with WBS this season, posting a 9-5-1 record, 1.89 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage with one shutout. His goals-against average ranks fifth in the AHL.
Last season the 6-foot-2, 179-pound netminder spent the entire year with Pittsburgh, going 12-6-2 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He earned his first NHL win with a 19-save shutout at Columbus on Nov. 2, 2013, beginning a personal-best seven-game winning streak that ran through late December.
Zatkoff, who hails from Detroit, Michigan, had a stellar campaign with WBS in 2012-13, earning team MVP honors and appearing in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic, while winning a career-high 26 games. He shared the Harry Holmes Memorial Award (best AHL goaltending duo) with Brad Thiessen.
Zatoff, who played college hockey at Miami (Ohio), has played five-plus years in the AHL with WBS and Manchester, winning 20 or more games in three of his four full seasons.