Earlier today the St. Louis Blues, did the nice thing and shipped out goaltender prospect Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round draft pick next year.
Bishop has been the anchor of the Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League this season. They’re currently eighth in the Western Conference.
Bishop, who is among the goalie leaders in the AHL, holds a record of 24-14 and a GAA of 2.26, and a save percentage of .928.
If he continues success in the AHL, he could be up for the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, or the goalie of the year.
His GAA ranks fifth among goalies, but his record is the best among those top 5.
However, he’ll be expected to fill in for the Senators a bit while Craig Anderson mades a recovery from a hand injury.
There’s two avenues for Bishop for the remainder of the season: Backup for Alex Auld until Anderson comes back, and/or compete for the top spot for the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.
The B-Sens are in rough shape, to say the least, and Bishop’s bid for top AHL goalie will be jeopardized. Binghamton is ranked dead last in the Eastern Conference, after winning the Calder Cup last year. That team has been gutted a bit to boost the NHL Sens’ chances in making the playoffs.
So, Bishop goes from playoff-bound to basement team, with little time left in the season. It’s an unfair bounce in the goalie prospect. Hopefully he’ll sign a deal more worthy this summer than being in the AHL with the Senators.
Here’s a list of past Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award winners:
|2010–11||Brad Thiessen||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins|
|2009–10||Jonathan Bernier||Manchester Monarchs|
|2008–09||Cory Schneider||Manitoba Moose|
|2007–08||Michael Leighton||Albany River Rats|
|2006–07||Jason LaBarbera||Manchester Monarchs|
|2005–06||Dany Sabourin||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins|
|2004–05||Ryan Miller||Rochester Americans|
|2003–04||Jason LaBarbera||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|2002–03||Marc Lamothe||Grand Rapids Griffins|
|2001–02||Martin Prusek||Grand Rapids Griffins|
|2000–01||Dwayne Roloson||Worcester IceCats|
Being able to capture a honour bestowed by some great NHL talent certainly has stock value. Unfortunately, for Bishop, that chance may have been taken away.