Matiss Kivlenieks

by Kevin Wickersham on November 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


November 2017 - CBJ's Latvian netminder prospect hasn't seen quite the success of his USHL play with AHL Cleveland yet this campaign. While his 6-7-1, 2.64, .894 line isn't terrible, particularly in the often high-scoring league, it doesn't yet compare to his other-worldly Player of the Year efforts in Sioux City. As he's learning the pro ropes, he's sharing time in the net with organizational prospect Brad Thiessen and has played in one less game than his Monster teammate. GIve the 20-year-old a bit of time, perhaps the whole campaign, to adjust to this level before changing your assessment of his pro potential. Kevin Wickersham 

September 2017 - Kivlenieks, and recent AHL Cleveland Monsters' signee Ivan Kulbakov who finished second to Kivlenieks in goals-against average (1.93) with USHL Youngstown last year, will man the net for Columbus at the annual Traverse CIty NHL Prospects Tournament beginning September 8. It's an interesting combination, as both were considered by many the best two netminders in the league last year, and the USHL alums will likely join forces in Cleveland. Kevin Wickersham 

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


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