NA3HL, Metro Jets alum Nedeljkovic gets call to NHL
January 17, 2017
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team has recalled goaltender and NA3HL/Metro Jets alum Alex Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. The team also reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Charlotte.
This marks the first NHL call-up for the 21-year-old Nedeljkovic, the Hurricanes’ second-round (37th overall) pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
The Parma, Ohio, native has split the 2016-17 season, his first season as a professional, between Charlotte and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. With the Checkers, Nedeljkovic (6’0”, 198 lbs.) has posted a 5-12-0 record, with a 3.30 goals-against average and an .884 save percentage in 18 appearances. In three games with the Everblades, Nedeljkovic has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Nedeljkovic spent the majority of November and December with the Metro Jets in the NA3HL during the 2012-13 season. He made an immediate impact as he was named as the NA3HL Goaltender of the Month in November. He was in goal for all four of the Jets wins in November as he posted a perfect 4-0 record along with a 94.2% save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. During the month of November, he stopped 129 of a possible 137 shots on goal.
He went on to play five more games in the NA3HL during December and January. In total, he posted a 5-3-0 record with a 2.49 goals against average and a 93.3% save percentage.