Matt Taormina, the 30-year-old journeyman that’s spent the last two seasons with the Lightning organization, scored a nice accolade on Friday by capturing the Eddie Shore Award, given annually to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman. More, from the AHL: [Taormina] established career highs in goals (14), assists (42) and points (56) in 66 games with Syracuse thus far. He is tied for the league lead in scoring among defensemen and is first in power-play points (29), and shows a plus-9 rating for a Crunch team that has been battling for the top spot in the North Division all season. Taormina was named a 2016-17 First Team AHL All-Star earlier this week, and played in his third consecutive AHL All-Star Classic back in January. Undrafted out of Providence College, Taormina has appeared in 59 career NHL contests with the Bolts and Devils. He’s also spent time with the Senators and Sharks organizations.
Bolts farmhand Taormina wins AHL d-man of the year
Pro Hockey Talk | Apr 7