Matiss Kivlenieks

by Kevin Wickersham on July 17, 2017


 

Matiss Kivlenieks, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 183

Born:  1996-08-26

Hometown: Riga, LAT

Drafted: Undrafted – Signed as a Free Agent with Columbus Blue Jackets

Observations:

July 2017 – Kivlenieks’ 2016-17 campaign was perhaps the USHL’s all-time greatest in net. At 20-years-old and a league rookie, he was named the USHL's Player and Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after leading the league in wins (with a 36-7-4-2 record), GAA (1.85), SV% (.935), tying for tops in shutouts with five, and ending second-best in total ice time (2,991 minutes). His year’s goals-against and save percentage were both second-best for a single campaign in USHL history. Playing 49 games in a 60-game USHL regular schedule, he led the Sioux City Musketeers to the Anderson Cup (USHL version of the Presidents Trophy) with a league-high 87 points. Kivlenieks finished with an 8-3-2 record, 2.08 GAA, .925 SV% and two shutouts in all 13 Musketeers’ postseason contests, and leading them to a deciding fifth game overtime loss to the league champ Chicago Steel. Was also named Best Goaltender at the 2015 and 2016 Division I Group A World Junior Championships leading Latvia to the bronze in 2015 with a 1.75 GAA and .928 SV% and the gold in 2016 finishing first in GAA (1.71) and SV% (.941). A Minnesota State-Mankato University commit, signed to a three-year entry-level deal with Columbus. Kevin Wickersham

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Dominant in prior levels and still very young, has time to develop in the NCAA and potential to excel in the pros.

 

Footage: Kivlenieks named USHL Goalie, Player of the Year

http://www.siouxlandproud.com/sports/kivlenieks-named-ushl-goalie-player-of-the-year/691185526

 

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