Alexander: Plenty of goaltending depth for Reign
Ontario’s Jack Campbell makes a save on San Diego’s Scott Sabourin, as Alex Lintuniemi defends, during last spring’s playoffs. (Photo by Mark Dustin, contributing photographer)
Ontario Reign rookie goaltender Cal Petersen. (Courtesy of Ontario Reign)
Jeff Zatkoff, then with the Kings, and the New York Rangers’ Michael Grabiner fight for the puck behind the net during a game last January at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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ONTARIO — It’s no small irony. Last spring the Ontario Reign ran out of goaltenders in what turned out to be the final game of a playoff run.
Heading into this season’s opener, Saturday night in San Antonio, Ontario has a surplus.
Jack Campbell, 25, is the incumbent, after 52 starts with 31 victories and a 2.52 goals-against average in 2016-17. Cal Petersen, 22, is the rookie, with 23 wins and a 2.22 goals-against in 40 games at Notre Dame last season. Both are highly regarded prospects by the Kings, and both will need to play.
Jeff Zatkoff, 30, is the third guy, a veteran who has played 48 NHL games and has a Stanley Cup ring (from 2015-16 in Pittsburgh), but was sent down by the Kings last season and played just eight games in the AHL. It is a development league, and Zatkoff — a member of the original ECHL Reign in 2008-09 — probably doesn’t have much more developing to do. Thus, the odds are that barring emergency he won’t […]