Future Watch: Cal Petersen Rookie Hockey Cards, Kings – Calvin Petersen was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Sabres were hoping he was their goaltender of the future, but the Iowa native had other ideas and after a terrific career at the University of Notre Dame, he decided to go free agent and eventually signed with the Los Angeles Kings. Let’s go back and see how that all happened.
Like a lot of good players, Petersen got on the radar when he was with the Waterloo Black Hawks. That was his hometown team. It was a perfect fit. By 2013-14, his second season there, he had a .915 save percentage in the regular season and a stellar .928 in the postseason. He was an all-star and in International play in the World Junior A challenge, he took home a gold medal for Team USA.
In 2014-15, his first year in Notre Dame, he had a .919 save percentage in 33 games. He was on the all-rookie team.
In 2015-16 he played in 37 games and posted a .927 save percentage. Notre Dame was a tough team he made them tougher to beat.
In 2017, he played in 40 games and posted a .926 save percentage. He was the captain of the team. He in the running for the Mike Richter Award that goes to the top goalie in college hockey. He didn’t win that. They eventually lost in the Northeast Regional Final, a round further than they went the previous year. And then he became a free-agent.
Here’s an incredible save:
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