Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray
, who played much of the first half of the season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, was named an AHL Second-Team All-Star.
Murray’s spot on the AHL’s Second All-Star Team was earned by his 20-9-1-0 record in net for WBS this season, in addition to his four shutouts, 2.10 goals-against average and league-leading .931 save percentage in 31 games.
Last year, the native of Thunder Bay, Ont. was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and First All-Star Team for the 2014-15 season, in addition to winning the league Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards.
At the NHL level, Murray is riding a six-game winning streak and is the league's reigning 'Third Star' of the week. Murray has an 8-2-1 record with a 1.98 goals against average and .930 save percentage with one shutout in 11 total NHL starts.
This is Jeffrey and O’Neill’s first ever selections to a season’s All-Star team, while Murray captured the honor for the second time in just his second season in the AHL.
Jeffrey is ranked fourth among all AHL players in points with 60 in 58 games. His 41 assists are also good enough for the fourth-best total in the league this season. The eighth-year pro returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – the same team he began his professional career with in 2008 – as the result of a trade between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes organizations on Feb. 29, 2016. He has 14 points (6G-8A) in 13 games since rejoining the Penguins.
O’Neill is in his first season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and leads the team with 38 assists while also contributing to a Penguins defense that has allowed the fewest goals in the Atlantic Division. With 46 total points on the season, O’Neill tops all Penguins defensemen and ranks third overall among AHL blueliners. O’Neill took part in his first AHL All-Star Classic earlier this season on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Jeffrey and O’Neill are the first Penguins skaters named to an AHL All-Star Team since forward Janne Pesonen and defenseman Ben Lovejoy were selected as 2008-09 Second Team All-Stars.
All three All-Star Team members will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2015-16 AHL Second All-Star Team.