The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goalie Matiss Kivlenieks to a three-year entry-level contract.
Kivlenieks was an undrafted free agent that a number of NHL teams were hoping to sign after his sterling season in the USHL.
The 20-year-old was originally planning to attend Minnesota State University next season, but he’s a professional now so that plan has changed.
From the press release:
Kivlenieks, 20, went 36-7-4-2 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and five shutouts in 49 games to help the Sioux City Musketeers capture the 2016-17 Anderson Cup as the league’s regular season champions. He was named the USHL’s Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after leading the league in wins, GAA, SV%, shutouts (tied) and finishing second in minutes played (2,991).
But Kivlenieks may get the chance to be other goalie in the AHL, behind either Forsberg or Korpisalo.
The Blue Jackets also have 23-year-old goalie Oscar Dansk in the system; however, he struggled last year (.903) in the Swedish league.
Related: Jackets loan Dansk to Swedish club