News | 9/21/2011 10:45:14 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Photo courtesy of the Portland Pirates
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Rochester Americans have signed goaltender Jeff Jakaitis to a one-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract.
Jakaitis, 28, split the 2010-11 season between the AHL and the Central Hockey League (CHL). He appeared in 43 games with the Dayton Gems of the CHL, posting a record of 22-17-3 with a 2.58 goals against average (GAA). He also went 5-3-0 in nine total AHL games, going 4-1-0 with a 3.19 GAA with the Portland Pirates and 1-2-0 with a 3.60 GAA in three games with the Worcester Sharks.
A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Jakaitis spent the 2009-10 season playing professionally in Italy with Brunico SG following two seasons in the ECHL. In 2007-08, he posted a 12-14-6 record with a 2.92 GAA in 36 games with the Columbia Inferno. The following year, Jakaitis went 23-16-7 with a 2.73 GAA and five shutouts for the Charlotte Checkers. That season, he also made his AHL debut with Portland.
Prior to his professional career, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Jakaitis played three seasons at Lake Superior State University. During his junior year, Jakaitis was named to the All-CCHA First Team and was a finalist for the CCHA Player of the Year Award.