The Chicago Blackhawks have invited free agent Austin Lotz of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips to the Traverse City Prospects tournament, Lotz tweeted Sunday.
Lotz, 20, took over the starting goaltender job for Everett in his second season between the pipes. The 6-foot, 188-pound goaltender, posted a 25-15-1-3 record with the WHL's fifth-best goals-against average at 2.73 and .901 save percentage with four shutouts in 48 regular-seaon games last season. He has played in 157 career games during four seasons so far, including a career-high 57 games in 2013-14.
Lotz first caught the Blackhawks scouting department's eye during the 2011-12 season. He served as the backup for Hawks prospect Kent Simpson in his first WHL season. Lotz was a mere 2-9-2 with a 4.19 GAA during the regular-season, but he stopped 17 of 19 shots in one appearance during a four-game playoff series against the Tri-City Americans.
Lotz was in camp with the Buffalo Sabres from July 6-12 for his third NHL tryout in as many years after skating with Carolina in 2013 and Vancouver prior to last season.