Thiessen Wins "AHL's Outstanding Goaltender" Award
If you are a college free agent and decide to sign with the Penguins, you know that you will be given every chance to succeed. Perhaps the Penguins’ history with college free agents are what led forwards Paul Thompson and Brian Gibbons to sign in Pittsburgh once their college careers came to an end.
Brad Thiessen also chose Pittsburgh after finishing an excellent career at Northeastern University with a Hobey Baker Nomination.
Now, only two years later, he is the top goalie in the AHL and is 3rd on the goaltending depth chart in Pittsburgh after ousting John Curry as the starting goalie in Wilkes-Barre.
Thiessen has posted a sparkling record of 34-7-1 in 44 appearances and ranks first in the AHL with his franchise-record 34 wins, second with a 1.93 goals-against average, ninth with a .922 save percentage and tied for first with seven shutouts while helping the Penguins to the top-ranked defense in the AHL.
The 2010-11 First Team AHL All-Star was twice named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month this season – sharing the honor in October 2010 with Penguins teammate John Curry – and was the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 13. He was also voted the starting Eastern Conference goaltender at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic but missed the event due to injury. Thiessen, whose record includes an 18-3-1 mark on the road, has not lost back-to-back decisions all season.
Thiessen should spend one more season in the AHL and then should make the jump to the NHL as Fleury’s backup after next season.