Kivlenieks will join Latvia at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, Brian Hedger of reports.

Kivlenieks had a disappointing year with AHL Cleveland, as he posted a 14-21-0 record with an .891 save percentage. The 21-year-old may not feature between the pipes for Latvia, but he should benefit from some additional exposure versus high-level competition. The undrafted netminder just finished the first year of his ELC, which gives the Blue Jackets some time to fully evaluate his game.

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