Former Calder Trophy Finalist Hoping To "Reset Career" In Pittsburgh

Former Calder Trophy finalist Alex Nedeljkovic is determined to rejuvenate his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins after facing challenges in recent seasons.

Following his impressive debut season with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020-21, where he showcased his potential as a top-tier goaltender, Nedeljkovic encountered difficulties, including a trade to the Detroit Red Wings.

Now, in Pittsburgh, he sees a fresh opportunity to hit the reset button and regain his confidence.

The prospect of playing alongside hockey legends like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang, coupled with the support of his nearby family, drew Nedeljkovic to the Steel City.

The 27-year-old's best season came in the 2020-21 season, where he recorded a shining .932 save percentage, 1.90 GAA, three shutouts, and a 23-15-5 record across 23 games.

He believes that this change of scenery, combined with the chance to work with such talented teammates, will help him rediscover his form and once again establish himself as a standout goaltender.

Paired with Tristan Jarry, another promising netminder, the Penguins aim to strengthen their goaltending depth and provide solid competition in the crease for the upcoming season.

This fresh start in Pittsburgh could be the catalyst for Nedeljkovic's resurgence in the NHL.

Since the 2020-21 season, he's posted a .900 SV%, 3.35 GAA, four shutouts, and a 25-31-11 record over 74 games played. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports