When Casey DeSmith was signed into the Pittsburgh Penguins organization a few years ago, I didn’t even know a whole lot about him. DeSmith played well in the AHL, but I just didn’t feel like he could be an NHL caliber goalie one day.
I remember one time my dad telling me how good he played in a playoff game. In my mind I was like will see what happens when he gets to the NHL.
Ever since Casey DeSmith has gotten to the NHL, he has proven a lot of people wrong including me. DeSmith was once again spectacular in a 2-1 win in a shootout on the road against the New York Islanders.
He made big save after big save down the stretch and Casey DeSmith made 25 saves. He is 27 years old and DeSmith has been the starting goalie because of Matt Murray’s injury riddled season. Even when Murray returns, Casey DeSmith has earned the right to be the Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender.
Pittsburgh has not faltered because of him. His record this season is 9-4-4 with a .925 save percentage and a 2.34 GAA, along with two shutouts. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and it is quite possible Jim Rutherford gives him a contract extension.