The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Kevin Mandolese to a three-year, entry-level deal, the club announced Monday.
Mondolese has spent the past four seasons with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, posting a career-best .925 save percentage and 2.33 goals-against average in his 2019-20 campaign.
The 19-year-old was named the league’s goaltender of the month in December, before earning an honourable mention for the honour in the two subsequent months. He joined the club via a sixth-round pick (157th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft.
“Kevin worked hard this past season to become one of the top goaltenders in the QMJHL,” Senators GM Pierre Dorion said via a press release. “He’s positionally sound, has good lateral mobility and has proven adept at reading the play. Since being drafted, he’s been diligent about understanding what he needs to do both on and off the ice to be ready to be a pro goaltender.
“He’s shown an ability to make timely saves and, with more seasoning, should have an opportunity to secure wins for this team in the future.”
April 13, 2020