Amanda Stein is reporting on the Devils’ official blog that goalie Akira Schmid, who recently signed his Entry Level Contract with the Devils, has been named the United States Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year.
He played 2020-21 with the Sioux City Musketeers and had a record of “22 wins, 13 losses, and one overtime loss in 36 games.” He finished the season with a 2.01 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Stein also said that “his three shutouts tied him as the league leader.”
In the playoffs, he went 2-2-0 in the Clark Cup Playoffs, but he Musketeers were eliminated in the first round of the postseason by the Omaha Lancers – his former USHL team who traded him to Sioux City in the 2019-20 season. He finished the playoffs with a .920 save percentage and a 2.28 goals against average.
Stein mentioned that the Bern, Switzerland-native played three seasons in the USHL, appearing “in 86 games with a .918 save percentage. He has a record of 43-33-4 and six career shutouts.”
He inked his ELC with New Jersey on May 17, 2021. Stein said that he was taken “in the fifth round, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by” the Devils.