Matt Murray is ‘the lead dog’ for Team North America

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Prior to the start of the 2016 playoffs, most people thought John Gibson would be the clear-cut starter for Team North America at the World Cup.

Fast forward a couple of months and things have certainly changed.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have since won the cup and Matt Murray was a huge part of his team’s success during that long run.

Now, Team North America’s GM, Peter Chiarelli, says it’s Murray’s job to lose at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old finished the regular season with a 9-2-1 record, a 2.00 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage.

His numbers only came down slightly in the post-season, as he finished the playoffs with a 15-6 record to go along with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.

It should be an interesting battle between Murray and Gibson, but not as interesting as the battle between Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh.

Murray has already impressed the hockey world enough and we’ll find out even more about him as NHL training camps come to a close in early October.