The Arizona Coyotes have added another young goaltender to the organization, signing Erik Kallgren to a two-year entry-level contract. Kallgren played this season in Sweden’s second league, and needed to be signed by this summer or become an unrestricted free agent.
Originally selected in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, 22-year old Kallgren recorded a .920 save percentage in 32 starts for AIK before joining the Tucson Roadrunners on an amateur tryout recently. He’ll likely make the jump full time to North America next season, where he can continue to develop within the organization.
Interestingly, the Coyotes already have several young goaltenders in the system including Adin Hill who showed he may be ready for the NHL before long. Hunter Miska is a restricted free agent this summer, but Merrick Madsen is also under contract. With Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta locked into NHL spots for next season, it’s going to be a crowded goaltending pipeline in Arizona.