Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brent Krahn named AHL Goalie of the Month

The American Hockey League has announced earlier today that the Texas Stars Goalie Brent Krahn has been named the leagues goalie of the month for November. In his starts, he's had an impressive 5-1-0 record going with a 1.16 GAA and a strong .967 SV% which if it weren't for splitting time for Matt Climie, he would probably be one of the best goalies in the American Hockey League.

In addition to his impressive stats, he also had shutouts against the San Antonio Rampage back on 11/15 and the Rockford Icehogs on November 13. This is helping the Texas Stars have an 8 point lead over the Houston Aeros in the West Division and if the team can keep this up throughout the season, the Stars could challenge for home ice advantage come playoff time with teams like the Rochester Americans, Hershey Bears and the Manchester Monarchs come playoff time.

Right now, I'm starting to think that Krahn may be better then Climie as the #1 as he's starting to play more constantly and more fierce then Matt Climie and he's giving the Stars a lot of confidence that if Turco or Auld go down for a big chunk of the season. the Stars have a lot of confidence that they are deep in goal and if he continues to put up this kind of pace.

He could have a shot of being in the NHL full time soon and the Dallas Stars could have something to consider if they don't resign Turco as his contract will be up at the end of this season.

In the meantime, the Texas Stars are looking that his play continues to play this well as the season goes on and could be a big part of a potential playoff run when the playoffs come around in April.

For his recognition, he's going to be presented with a crystal award with his name on it during an upcoming Stars home game.

So far in 12 games for the Texas Stars this season, Krahn has posted a record of 10-2-0 with 3 shootouts and he leads the league with a 1.41 GAA and a .958 SV%, allowing just 17 goals on 402 shots. He was also a first round draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 2000, in his AHL Career Krahn is 87-67-14 with 16 shutouts in 180 career AHL Games. The 27 year old from Winnipeg made his NHL Debut with the Dallas Stars last season, playing in just 1 game near the end of the season.

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