For Pittsburgh Penguins fans looking for a pick-me-up after last night’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers, there’s always Matt Murray’s growing list of AHL rookie accomplishments.
The AHL announced that 20-year-old Penguins prospect is the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, which is given annually to the league’s top goaltender. That’s in addition to being named the rookie of the year and appearing on both the AHL All-Rookie Team and AHL All-Star First Team.
Murray posted a 1.51 GAA and .943 save percentage in 39 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2014-15. He also earned 12 shutouts, which is the second highest total of any goaltender in the AHL’s 79-year history. Along the way he established a new AHL record for the longest shutout streak with his stretch of 304:11 minutes of perfect play.
He was taken with the 83rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.