The Ottawa Senators signed with goalkeeper Kevin Mandolese for a three-year entry-level agreement, the club announced on Monday.
Mondolese has spent the past four seasons with the QMJHL’s Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton, posting a better .925 save percentage and 2.33 goals against in his 2019-20 campaign.
The 19-year-old was named league goalkeeper of the month for December, before earning an honorable mention for honor in the following two months. He joined the club via a sixth round pick (157th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
“Kevin worked hard last season to become one of the best QMJHL goalkeepers,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a press release. “He is healthy in terms of position, has good lateral mobility and has proven to be able to read the play. Since being drafted, he has been diligent in understanding what he had to do both on and off the ice to be ready to become a professional goalkeeper.
“He has demonstrated his ability to make timely stops and, with more seasoning, he should have the opportunity to win for this team in the future. “