The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Matt Murray, to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Murray’s contract will begin whenever he turns professional.
Murray, 19, has played the past three seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He was chosen by the Penguins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft held at CONSOL Energy Center.
A 6-foot-4, 166-pound netminder, Murray posted career highs across the board for the Greyhounds in 2012-13, notching 26 wins with a 3.67 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 53 regular-season games. He led his club to the OHL playoffs, where he amassed a .910 save percentage in six contests.
Murray, who hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario, starred internationally for Team Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships, backstopping his team to a bronze medal while being named one of the Canadians’ ‘Top Three Players’ of the tournament.
Murray also suited up for the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game, making 17 saves and allowing just one goal, earning himself Team Cherry ‘Player of the Game’ honors.
In three years with the Greyhounds, Murray has accumulated a 47-49-8 record with two shutouts in 117 career regular-season games.