Calvin Petersen

by Peter Harling on June 29, 2017

Calvin Petersen, G

Catches: R

Height: 6-02

Weight: 175

Born: 1994-10-19

Hometown:  Waterloo, IA

Drafted: 2013 by Buffalo Sabres, 129th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 - After has decided to turn pro, but will sign as a free agent with the LA Kings as per Jon Rosen. Cal Petersen becomes the Kings top goaltending prospect and should start the season in the AHL with the Ontario Reign getting starting minutes until a call up to backup Jonathan Quick in the NHL. The 22-year-old had a dominant season in his third year in the NCAA and is a major acquisition by the Kings who could have fantasy value as early as the 2017-18 season. Peter Harling

May 2017 - Cal Petersen and Notre Dame have announced that Cal will be turning pro this upcoming season. The Buffalo Sabres have 30 days to sign him and after that Petersen can choose to sign wherever he pleases. Max Marko 

 

May 2017 - After joining the United States at the IIHF World Championship, Cal Petersen now has a decision to make. He can choose to return to Notre Dame for his last year of university, he can make the jump from university to the professional level and sign with the Buffalo Sabres, or Cal can conclude his time with the Sabres organization and sign somewhere else in August.  Max Marko 

 

January 2017 - The start streak continues for Cal Petersen as the Fighting Irish keep relying on him almost every game. Cal made his 76th consecutive start for Notre Dame, which is the ninth longest streak in NCAA Division I history. During his streak, Cal has collected five shutouts, tied for the NCAA lead. He has also managed to keep a .923 save percentage throughout the year. Petersen will need to decide soon where his future lies. The Sabres would be smart to tie him up with an entry-level contract at this year’s end. Cal has also been nomiated for the Hobey Baker award this year. Max Marko

 

October 2016 – Petersen was named to the watch list for the 2016-2017 Mike Richter Award. Petersen was a candidate last season, but never made it to the finalists list. This season, Petersen will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish captain and he will be expected to be a top Division I goaltender. Max Marko

February 2016 – Petersen had an incredible January, leading Notre Dame to a 12 game undefeated streak. Calvin finally lost 4-0 to Boston College on January 29th, but only allowed three goals in two games during that streak. He recorded five wins, one loss and three overtime ties in the month of January alone. Paul Zwambag

November 2015 – Cal Petersen is 10 games into his sophomore season and has five wins, two losses and three ties. He has a .913 save percentage and a 2.65 goals against average. Petersen is undefeated when playing against the Hockey East Conference teams. Cal has helped his team to third place in the Hockey East Standings, and has only allowed seven goals against in those four games. Cal's strong showing in Sabres development camp has continued into his NCAA regular season. Petersen is an excellent long term investment, but he may not see the NHL for another three to four years. Goalies are the hardest to predict, not only is it about talent, it has a lot more to do with opportunity. The Sabres have a few long term goalies in their system that Petersen will compete with when he completes school in two and a half years. Paul Zwambag

July 2015 – Cal is going to be a sophomore at Notre Dame next year. He attended the Sabres development camp and gave fans, media and the Buffalo brass a good look at how athletic and quick of a goaltender he is. Petersen still has a lot to improve in his techniques and has to continue to build his confidence and experience. Right now, he isn't projected to be a future NHL starter, but if he could get the opportunity when he comes out of college in three years. It is still too early to define him as a future NHL goaltender. He is at least three to four years away from getting a chance at the NHL. He will finish his college career in 2017-18 and who knows what the Sabres goaltending situation will look like in 2018-19. The Sabres have a good stable of goaltenders, but there isn't one specific guy that is at the top of the list to be guaranteed number one at the NHL level. Paul Zwambag

Petersen has an NCAA record that may never be broken. As a freshman goaltender, Petersen set a single-game record with 87 saves in the longest game in college hockey history at 151:42 minutes. Notre Dame battled Massachusetts for five extra periods in their first game of the Hockey East playoff quarterfinal series. Cal ended up losing that game and the series to end his year. Petersen has the potential to have a good NHL career, but keep an eye on his progress throughout his college career. Paul Zwambag

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

After a long wait, Petersen has arrived as a fantasy hockey relevant prospect.

 

Footage:

Cal Petersen's Top 5 saves from the 87 that he made on March 3, 2015

 

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