Jhonas Enroth is Headed to Hollywood With Kings
Another goaltender has been plucked from the free agent market as the Los Angeles Kings have signed Jhonas Enroth to a one year, $1.25 million contract.
The 27-year-old Enroth split last season between the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars, and will now slot in as the new backup for Jonathan Quick. That spot opened earlier this week when Martin Jones was sent to the Boston Bruins during the draft. Jones was later shipped to Pacific Division rival, the San Jose Sharks, where he signed a new three-year, $9-million contract on Tuesday rather than becoming a restricted free agent on July 1.
It’s a bit surprising that Enroth, who has a .909 save percentage in a six-season NHL career spent mostly with the Sabres, only signed a one-year contract, but that seems to be the trend today as more goalies are hoping that starting spots open up next season. Enroth, who also backstopped Sweden to a World Championship in 2013, is coming off a down season behind a couple of poor defensive teams, posting a .903 save percentage in 37 games with the Sabres and a .906 in 13 games behind the loose play of the Stars.
At 5-foot-10, Enroth is also much shorter than the average NHL goaltender, but he is right in the prime of his career and Los Angeles is hoping that he can provide some stability behind Quick.
InGoal Magazine take:
“After being stuck behind porous defensive teams last season, Enroth should benefit from a more stable defensive team in front of him in Los Angeles. He may be undersized by modern NHL standards, but Enroth manages his crease well. He is quick enough to get away with playing more aggressively, but also understands he doesn’t need to wander way outside his crease to cut down angles all the time. It’s a combination that should lead to an upswing next season behind a tighter team game, allowing the Kings to rest Quick as needed and perhaps once again turn a goaltender into an asset by moving Enroth before the trade deadline.”
~ Kevin Woodley, InGoal Magazine Managing Editor