After adding seven players during the 2017 NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings moved quickly to free agency and continued their transformation. Discussions with Joe Thornton indicate the Kings are attempting to improve their struggling offense.
However, general manager Rob Blake also has his eyes on the entire roster. The Kings could very well be adding a top young goaltender in Cal Petersen. The former Buffalo Sabres draft pick announced his intention to become a free agent and reportedly has come to terms to join the Kings, according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider:
Nothing final yet, and the team wouldn't be able to announce until 7/1, I believe. But I believe the Kings and Peterson have agreed to terms
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 28, 2017
The Sabres originally took Petersen during the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Instead of signing with Buffalo immediately, Petersen remained with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks for one year and spent three three seasons in the NCAA playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
During the past year, Petersen appeared in 40 games with a 2.22 goals-against-average and .926 save percentage while leading Notre Dame to the Frozen Four. The Hockey East Association coaches selected Petersen to Conference First Team as a result of his performance.
It is possible Petersen becomes Jonathan Quick’s backup during the upcoming season. The Kings lack legitimate goaltending depth and appear proud of Jack Campbell’s work in Ontario. Petersen will join Campbell in training camp as the depth chart will become clearer.