San Jose Sharks‘ 5th year goaltender Troy Grosenick(1) appeared in a new career high 49 AHL games with affiliate San Jose Barracuda posting a best 30 wins against 10 losses with an outstanding 2.04 GAA and .926 SV% to go along with a league high 10 shutouts, which helped him win Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as best goalie.
He also started all 15 of the team’s playoff games, which ended in the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals.
This play earns the 27-year old unrestricted free agent a 2-year 2-way extension to stay with the only club he’s known and continue to try to play his way into a permanent NHL roster spot.
The net minder has only appeared in 2 games for the parent club in 2014/2015 earning a 45-shot blanking in his debut with a stunning 1.53 GAA and .948 SV% but somehow has not made his way back since those pair of starts.
He may have to wait until the injury bug bites one of the two net minders to be given another chance but certainly will be well-prepared when it happens.
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He’s in a four way tie for first place amongst AHL net minders with 7 victories in 10 starts.
The 6’1″ 185 lbs. backstop put up a very decent showing in his rookie season with affiliate Worcester Sharks.
In 35 games he had an 18-14 record with a team that mostly struggled to win and a 2.62 GAA and 2.62 SV% including a pair of shutouts and 6 shootout wins.
He was on pace to start 50+ contests in the minors for 2014/2015 but with the hot start and an injury sidelining the parent club’s backup goaltender, he earned his first recall and got his first big league start.
The 25-year old that always seems to be in exactly the right spot to make saves this season was stellar in his NHL initiation, shutting down the mostly abysmal Carolina Hurricanes‘ 45 shot offensive flurry and capturing the game’s first star award in the process, along with setting a new league record for most stops in a debut.
He may be making the coast-to-coast flight many times if he can maintain his game, which will be a good thing for a player that is set to become a restricted free agent.
Original story 11/18-14
The soon-to-be 26-year old will likely be given the workload of minutes with new affiliate San Jose Barracuda in the upcoming campaign but could easily challenge for the starter job in the 2nd year of his new deal.