Jordan Binnington was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, but he may prove to be worth much more than a third round pick.
Currently, Jordan Binnington has been the go-to goalie for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League and for good reason. Having played the last four season for the Owen Sound Attack, Binnington was best known as the goaltender that helped the Attack capture their first OHL Championship in 2011 and was later named top goaltender at the 2011 Memorial Cup.
In the 2012-13 season, Binnington set an Attack single season record by leading the team to 32 wins and seven shutout victories. Binnington also maintained a miniscule goals-against-average at just 2.17 to lead the league and had the third best save-percentage at 0.932. The seven shutouts he managed also tied for the league lead. All his hard work paid off earning the Dave Pinkney Trophy for allowing a league leading 165 goals against; this was the first time in the Attack’s history that they had won this trophy.
To round off his incredible season, Binnington was awarded the OHL’s goaltender of the year award at the end of April beating out well-known prospects John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers and Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls. Binnington had this to say about winning the award and his time with the Attack:
Receiving this award is something I am very proud of and will cherish forever. It was a very exciting year for me on a number of levels and as a team we were such a strong hard-working group. My teammates made my job easier and I need to thank them first and foremost. The Attack organization is first class and the city of Owen Sound has been extremely supportive throughout my time here. I couldn’t have asked for a better city to play in or a better group of fans to play in front of.
Although Binnington seems thrilled to have won the award, he is going to have to wait until June 4th to receive the actual honors when the OHL Awards Ceremony will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame. While he waits though, there are more conversations to be had as he is also the OHL’s nominee for the Canadian Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year honors.
No matter what, the future of goaltending in St. Louis is looking bright not even mentioning that the Blues have locked up Niklas Lundstrom, a Swedish prospect that they picked up in the fifth round of the same 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Stay tuned for more new about your St. Louis Blues and the upcoming prospects.
LET’S GO BLUES!
Binnington will be formally presented with the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award on June 4 at the OHL Awards Ceremony held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He is also the OHL’s nominee for the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year.