The San Jose Barracuda added another trophy to its 2016-17 roster. Troy Groesnick has been announced as the winner of the Baz Bastien Award, given to the AHL's best goaltender, as chosen by the players and media. He is the first goalie from a Sharks affiliate to win the award.
From the announcement:
Named a 2016-17 First Team AHL All-Star last week, Grosenick has a record of 30-9-3 in 46 appearances for San Jose this season, ranking second in the league in wins (30), goals-against average (1.98) and save percentage (.930). He is also just the fifth goaltender in AHL history to reach double digits in shutouts in a single season (10) and he put together a scoreless stretch of more than 248 minutes from Nov. 19 to Dec. 18. Grosenick enters the final week of the regular season with a 21-1-1 mark (1.74, .936, 5 SO) in his last 23 decisions – including a 17-0-1 stretch from Jan. 25 to Mar. 18 – leading a second-half surge that has sent the Barracuda to the Pacific Division title and the best record in the Western Conference.
Grosenick has been named CCM/AHL Player of the Week twice this season and was the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February. He is also the Barracuda’s team winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the local community.
The 27-year-old Wisconsin native came to the Sharks undrafted after being a finalist for the Hobey Baker award at Union College. He made his NHL debut in 2014, posting a shutout and record-breaking 45 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Barracuda will likely face the Stockton Heat in round one of the Calder Cup Playoffs next week.