The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Friday that Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been named “Rookie of the Month” for February. During the month, Binnington led all goaltenders with 10 wins and four shutouts in 11 appearances (10-1-0, 1.44 GAA, .945 SV%).
Binnington became the ninth rookie goaltender in NHL history to earn 10-plus wins in a calendar month. He also became the 10th rookie goaltender in League history to post a nine-game winning streak (Jan. 23 – Feb. 19) as well as the fourth to win each of his first seven home starts (Jan. 10 – present), joining Frank McCool (8), Ken Dryden (8) and Wayne Thomas (7). Binnington yielded two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 February outings, including consecutive shutouts on Feb. 14 at Arizona and Feb. 17 at Minnesota. He added another shutout on Feb. 26 vs. Nashville, making him the second goaltender in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) with five through his first 18 career starts (Jacques Plante).
The Richmond Hill, Ontario, native was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Overall, Binnington owns a 15-2-1 record to go along with a 1.61 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and five shutouts. Only four other goaltenders in NHL history have won as many games through their first 18 career starts: Andrew Hammond (16), Bob Froese (15), Patrick Lalime (15) and Brent Johnson(15).