It was glitz and glamour night for the NHL, as they paraded their hardware out in the desert of Las Vegas. A star studded cast of presenters called NHL stars to the stage as the regular season awards were presented in less than grand fashion.
While no Buffalo Sabres players were called to the stage this summer, the team was not without honor. Buffalo Sabres backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth was named to the 2012 All Rookie Team. After three seasons of grooming in the AHL Portland Pirates (former affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres), Enroth was finally entrusted with the coveted seat at the end of the bench. Enroth led all rookie goaltenders this season with 26 appearances – thanks largely in part to the injury to Ryan Miller. Enroth posted an 8-11-4 record, with a 2.7 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Despite early season success, Enroth’s play tailed off as he was called upon less and less as the Sabres needed to stand on the shoulders of staring goalie Ryan Miller. Congratulations to Jhonas Enroth on being named to the All Rookie Team by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Also named to the Rookie team were Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils, Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers.
Congrats to the rookies on their fine play. Enroth is the second Buffalo Sabres goaltender to be selected to this team, as Tom Barrasso was also honored with this title in 1984 – the same year he won the Calder Memorial Trophy. Tyler Myers is the last Buffalo Sabres to receive this honor, also in the same year he won the Calder Memorial.
The only other Buffalo Sabres that has been voted onto the All Rookie Team were Ray Sheppard in 1988. Sheppard was a candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy.