Cal Petersen was never an elite prospect, and therefore, never an elite goaltender. He has put up respectable numbers and worked his way up the ladder.
Peterson is a goaltender that is a rare breed in the fact he catches right handed. He knows that in order to be an everyday starter he needs to catch a break and he may have well received that break in July of 2017.
Originally drafted 129th overall in the 5th round of the 2013 draft by the Buffalo Sabres he never really got a chance to prove himself. That is when the Los Angeles Kings became aware of his talents and signed the 6-1, 192 lb goaltender on July 1, 2017 and immediately placed him in the AHL with the Ontario Reign. He began to hold down the fort and proves he belongs by outing up some quality numbers with the Reign. He eventually earned a slam sample sized call up to the Kings.
Jonathan Quick is still an elite goaltender, however, he is 33 years old. The Kings need to look towards the future and the time when Quick will need to be replaced. In 11 games (10 starts) Petersen has a 5-4 record, 2.60 GAA, a .924 save % and one shutout to his record. With a full time backup role behind Quick he has a chance to learn from one of the best. He has proven he can play with the big club and now he waits for his time to shine full time. He has the skills and dedication to be an NHL goalie.
The time will come for him to replace one of the greats and he is on the right track. The Kings have their successor to Quick and it’s a matter of time before he becomes an NHL starter.
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