Jeff Zatkoff - Photo Courtesy of espn.com

 

Jeff Zatkoff, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Born: 1987-06-09

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Drafted: 2006 by Los Angeles Kings, 74th Overall

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2013 – It only took Zatkoff a year in the Pens organization to turn into an NHL goaltender due to health issues with Tomas Vokoun. Zatkoff proved his worth last season with an impressive stat-line in the AHL. When Vokoun was removed from service, and Zatkoff played two games questions started up about finding a replacement, 10 goals against and .818 SV will do that. He quickly silenced the critics with a shutout over Columbus and hasn’t lost since. By most accounts he has now reached his potential, and could be lived off as a nice backup to hold for 15-20 starts per season. Jason Banks

 

December 2012 – Zatkoff has had an excellent career thus far, proving himself in junior, NCAA, and minor pro. He has been on the cusp of the NHL just waiting for an opportunity to move forward. In the Kings organization, he was held down due to the talent and potential of Quick and Bernier with neither giving him an opportunity to show his stuff. He has moved into a very strong role in Pittsburgh, where he should receive more opportunities in the near future. Zatkoff at times looks a bit scrawny in net as he only has 180 pounds on his six-foot-two-inch frame.  That said he has very good footwork in the crease and has a never-quit attitude on plays. Brad Thiessen is a year older and has won an AHL goalie of the year honor, but Zatkoff is the much more sound and able tender, but both will compete for the backup role in the next couple seasons. Currently Zatkoff is ripping apart the AHL as he is on a six-game winning streak allowing only 14 goals in that span. Jason Banks

 

Fantasy Outlook:  C-

 

In deep leagues he is worth a look as a ‘buy cheap potential backup’ that many will not know of, and being in Pittsburgh, he should get plenty of winning opportunities.

 

Footage:

 

Emergency diving save on Bryan Bickell

 

 

Nice poise with the blocker while being backed into the net on Brad Boyes

 

 

Zatkoff's leg vs Tomas Tatar

 

 

Recent interview with Zatkoff for AHL Live

 

 

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