Sunday, January 3, 2016

Matt Murray Autographed Card

The Pittsburgh Penguins just sent Matt Murray back down to the AHL now that Marc-André Fleury is back from his concussion, but the 21-year-old made quite an impression, going 2-1-0 with a 1.72 GAA and .938 save percentage in 4 games with the Pens.

As a matter of fact, since turning pro at the tail end of the 2013-14 season, he has never posted a GAA over 2.00 nor a save percentage lower than .920. Last season alone, his numbers were 1.58 and .941 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, with a 25-10-1 record in 40 games, which included the longest shutout streak in AHL history, ahead of Barry Brust and Hall Of Famer Johnny Bower, on route to being named the best goalie in the league.

The Pens' plan for the season was to let him accumulate reps in the minors instead of riding the pine in the NHL - that job going to Jeff Zatkoff. Fleury's injury changed that. His stellar play might have the Penguins facing difficult decisions a couple of years before they had planned to as to how their goaltending duties will be handled in the near future.

Here is a card he signed in back sharpie for my brother last season after a game in which he shut out the St. John's IceCaps:
It's card #83 from In The Game's 2012-13 Heroes And Prospects set, showing him wearing the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' black (alternate) uniform.

He added his jersey number to his signature (30), which he has worn at every level.

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