|Assets:||Has a good-sized frame (6-2) for the North American pro game. Is a resilient netminder in the crease area who doesn't quit on plays. Owns plenty of perseverance and dedication to improve his game.|
|Flaws:||Could stand to add more bulk to his big frame in order to improve his stamina. Also needs to prove he can stop big-league shooters with regularity, since he's largely unproven at the highest level.|
|Career Potential:||Depth goaltender with a little upside.|
|AHL||Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Trophy||2012-13 (shared with Brad Thiessen)|
|CCHA||Second All-Star Team||2007-08|
|6/03/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/29/2013||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/28/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/13/2013||Placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|10/10/2011||Assigned to Manchester (AHL).|
|7/15/2011||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract.|
|9/24/2010||Assigned to Manchester (AHL).|
|9/20/2009||Assigned to Manchester (AHL).|
|1/13/2009||Assigned to Ontario (ECHL).|
|9/29/2008||Assigned to Manchester (AHL).|
|4/10/2008||Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a three-year entry level contract.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|6/24/2006||Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 3rd round (74th overall) in 2006.|
Jeff Zatkoff wins fourth straight on 39 saves | 11/30/2013 10:29 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff made 39 saves in the Penguins' 5-1 defeat of the Panthers on Saturday night.
ImpactPittsburgh is clearly going to strategically start Zatkoff throughout the season as it gives Marc-Andre Fleury a breather. Regardless of the opponent, though, this was one of Zatkoff's best outings of the season and he's now won four straight games. The 26-year-oldhas a 2.80 goals-against average and .901 save percentage this season.
Penguins will start Jeff Zatkoff vs. Florida | 11/30/2013 5:27 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will be in Pittsburgh's crease Saturday night versus Florida.
Shelly Anderson on Twitter
ImpactMarc-Andre Fleury earned a 21-save shutout over Tampa Bay on Friday and he'll get the night off to rest. Zatkoff has emerged victorious in his past three outings, but he still has work to do to improve his .877 save percentage and 3.18 goals-against average.
Jeff Zatkoff gets the win as Pens beat Isles | 11/22/2013 9:49 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff let just three of 35 shots slip by him Friday night, enough to help the Pens beat the Islanders 4-3.
ImpactThe rookie has won three straight games and earned back the trust of Head Coach Dan Bylsma after allowing 10 goals in his first two NHL starts.
J. Zatkoff will play between the pipes Friday | 11/22/2013 12:30 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will start for Pittsburgh against the New York Islanders on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactIt will be just Zatkoff's fourth start this season, although his workload is expected to increase as the Penguins enter a busy part of their schedule. Zatkoff is coming off of a 19-save shutout, but he also has a 3.36 GAA and .865 save percentage in three contests.
Jeff Zatkoff likely to get more starts soon | 11/22/2013 11:00 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff might pick up more starts soon.
ImpactThe Penguins schedule is getting busier, so the Penguins will need to lean on the rookie goaltender. Zatkoff has a 3.36 GAA and .865 save percentage in three starts, although his most recent game was a 19-save shutout. He might even play on Friday, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Jeff Zatkoff records 1st shutout on 19 saves | 11/02/2013 10:05 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff picked up his first career NHL shutout Saturday night as the Penguins blanked the Blue Jackets 3-0.
ImpactPittsburgh played a solid game in all zones, so Zatkoff wasn't asked to stand out too much. He made 19 saves. Still, this is a confidence-building performance for the 26-year-old rookie after two games in which he allowed a total of 10 goals.
Jeff Zatkoff gets the nod for Pittsburgh | 11/02/2013 5:41 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will be in goal for Pittsburgh Saturday night.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactMarc-Andre Fleury started Friday's 4-2 win over Columbus, so he'll get the night off and Zatkoff will face the Blues Jackets in Saturday's rematch. He has a 0-2-0 record with an .818 save percentage and a 5.04 GAA this season.
Jeff Zatkoff loses for second time with Pens | 10/25/2013 10:35 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins are 0-2-0 when Jeff Zatkoff starts, as the New York Islanders came back to win 4-3 on Friday.
ImpactMarc-Andre Fleury owners must be pleased to see that Zatkoff isn't putting any of the kind of pressure that Tomas Vokoun did in 2012-13. Zatkoff has an .818 save percentage and 5.04 GAA in two contests.
Zatkoff will play between the pipes Friday | 10/25/2013 11:55 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will start for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactMarc-Andre Fleury will get a breather because the Penguins are about to enter a stretch of three games in four nights. This will be just Zatkoff's second start in 10 games this season, which is a fair indicator of how the two netminder's will split the Penguins' goaltending duties.
Jeff Zatkoff should get a start soon | 10/25/2013 10:53 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff is likely to get another start in the near future.
ImpactStarting on Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins will play in three games in four nights. Zatkoff made his NHL debut on Oct. 11, turning aside just 24 of 30 shots in a 6-3 defeat. "There will be people out there that judge after one [game], but it's one game," Zatkoff said. "I've had some time to work in practice and be ready for the next one."
Jeff Zatkoff frustrated by debut performance | 10/12/2013 11:36 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff wasn't happy with his performance in his NHL debut.
ImpactThe rookie made 24 saves in the Penguins' 6-3 loss, struggling with rebound control at times. "That's the difference, and I've got to be better," he said. Zatkoff said he was frustrated beacause he "didn't make any big saves," as quoted by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pens may be forced to look for a veteran option if struggles like this persist for the backup.
Jeff Zatkoff endures awful NHL debut vs. FLA | 10/11/2013 11:11 PM
NewsMarc-Andre Fleury owners have nothing to worry about, as Jeff Zatkoff was lit up by the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Friday.
ImpactThis was the 26-year-old's first regular season NHL game. He allowed six goals on 30 shots. The Penguins probably won't overreact, but if he struggles like this often, it wouldn't be shocking to see them consult other options.
Jeff Zatkoff will make NHL debut Friday | 10/11/2013 12:34 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will play between the pipes on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactAt the age of 26, it will be Zatkoff's first career NHL start. He's projected to serve as the Penguins' backup for the better part of the season because Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is unavailable. Zatkoff had a 1.93 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 AHL contests in 2012-13.
Jeff Zatkoff likely to make NHL debut soon | 10/10/2013 9:52 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff is likely to make his NHL debut on Friday or Saturday.
ImpactZatkoff is serving as the Penguins backup because Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is out for the next three-to-six months. Zatkoff had a 1.93 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 AHL games last season.
Jeff Zatkoff to serve as backup for a while | 10/03/2013 9:45 AM
NewsUnless there's a trade or signing, Jeff Zatkoff will probably stick with the Penguins for quite a while.
ImpactTomas Vokoun (blood clot) is expected to miss three-to-six months. While Zatkoff is clearly the backup behind Marc-Andre Fleury during Vokoun's absence, Zatkoff will get some playing time. "There will be a different approach (because of) the fact that it's Jeff Zatkoff and not Tomas Vokoun," said Bylsma. "But we do have a lot of back-to-back games, and there will be times where we play three games in five days. It will still be a fair amount of games for Jeff Zatkoff to play for our team."
Zatkoff is solid in Penguins' preseason game | 09/24/2013 10:22 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff turned aside 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday.
ImpactZatkoff is projected to open the season as the Penguins' backup goaltender while Tomas Vokoun recovers after having a blood clot dissolved. It's not clear how long Vokoun will be out for yet, but Zatkoff's first NHL start might occur on Friday Oct. 11 or Saturday Oct. 12.
Jeff Zatkoff to back up Marc-Andre Fleury | 09/22/2013 10:47 AM
NewsJeff Zatkoff will back up Marc-Andre Fleury to start the season with Tomas Vokoun sidelined after surgery.
ImpactVokoun is out indefinitely after doctors performed an operation to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis so Zatkoff will get the backup assignment in Pittsburgh at the outset of the season. Zatkoff was terrific with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL last season as he had a 26-20 record with a sensational 1.93 GAA and a .920 save percentage, although he did struggle in the post-season.
Pittsburgh calls up goaltender Jeff Zatkoff | 06/03/2013 12:50 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have summoned Jeff Zatkoff.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactPittsburgh's AHL-affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has been eliminated from the playoffs. Zatkoff had a 1.93 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 AHL contests, but he struggled in the postseason.
Penguins demote Jeff Zatkoff | 03/29/2013 5:38 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff has been sent down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
ImpactZatkoff was called up because Marc-Andre Fleury was dealing with a neck injury. It looks like Fleury will be able to at very least serve as the backup on Saturday.
Pittsburgh recalls goalie Jeff Zatkoff | 03/28/2013 6:16 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff has been summoned from the minors.
ImpactIt looks he's being brought up to serve as Tomas Vokoun's backup for Thursday night's game. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't been ruled out to fill that position, but Zatkoff will probably occupy that role in his place.
Jeff Zatkoff is on waivers | 01/13/2013 3:14 PM
NewsJeff Zatkoff has been placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactZatkoff has a 2.21 GAA and .911 save percentage in 23 AHL games this season. Barring an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury or Tomas Vokoun, Zatkoff is expected to spend the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign in the minors.
|Date||Team||Opp||Decision||MIN||SO||GA||SHA||YTD GAA||YTD SV%||YTD Record||Status|
|Shots Against||40||at Fla||Nov 30|
|Saves||39||at Fla||Nov 30|
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