A numerical and statistical look at goaltender David Leggio’s first season with the Rochester Americans during the 2011-12 American Hockey League season.
LEGGIO LEADS THE WAY: Selected as this year’s MVP by his teammates, Leggio is a big reason why Rochester advanced to the postseason. Leggio finished the campaign with a 28-24-2 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 54 games. He closed out the season the AHL’s leader in saves (1,579), while finishing second in minutes played (3,243) and third in wins (28). He was also tops among league backstops with six shootout wins.
A CAREER YEAR: The 2011-12 season was another banner year for Leggio, who set new pro career-highs in games played (54), wins (28), saves (1,579), minutes played (3,243) and save percentage (.917). It was also the first time in his pro career that he topped the 1,000-save mark and the first time since 2008-09 he exceeded 2,200 minutes played.
BY THE NUMBERS...
54: Leggio manned the pipes for an impressive 54 games over the course of the season, shattering the single-season career-high 40 appearances he made during the 2008-09 campaign. Only Milwaukee’s Jeremy Smith and Adirondack’s Michael Leighton played more games than any other AHL netminder with 56 this season.
49: Turned aside a season-high 49 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss at Hershey on Jan. 8 as the Bears outshot the Amerks 53-31. The game was also the only time this season that Leggio was peppered for 50+ shots by an opponent.
28: With a win in Rochester’s regular season finale against Lake Erie on April 14, Leggio set a new single-season career-high with his 28th win of the season, surpassing the 27 victories he notched with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades during the 2008-09 campaign. He also bested the 22 AHL wins he set last season as a member of the Portland Pirates.
26: After sharing the crease for much of the first half of the season, Leggio quickly became a mainstay in net for Rochester. A 32-save effort against the Hershey Bears on Feb. 22 would be the first of 26 straight starts for the Amerks netminder, including all three first-round playoff games against the Toronto Marlies. The 26 games would be the longest of such a streak in his four-year professional career.
4: Posted a four-game winning streak from March 3 to March 10.
2: Recorded a pair of shutouts on the season (33 saves vs. Abbotsford on Feb. 2 and 27 saves vs. Adirondack on Feb. 24), becoming the first Amerks goaltender to collect two shutouts in their first season with club since Mike Brodeur’s two perfect games during the 2008-09 campaign.