After receiving a tip that David LeNeveu had signed an AHL deal with the Barons, I made a quick search of Facebook, and on LeNeveu's account, he announced that he had officially signed with the team. LeNeveu looks to join Yann Danis as the Barons' duo, with Olivier Roy most likely going to Stockton to begin acclimating himself to the pro game.
The 2002 2nd round draft pick joins the Barons after spending last season with the Springfield Falcons. In 42 games last season, LeNeveu posted a 16-21-2 record with a 2.97 GAA and .896 SV%. Getting two call-ups to the Columbus Blue Jackets, LeNeveu would only see action in one game, stepping in for Mathieu Garon for the 3rd period, and letting in two goals on 12 shots against the St. Louis Blues.
For comparison's sake, Martin Gerber last season posted a 2.60 GAA and .911 SV% in 42 games, while Jeff Deslauriers posted a 2.81 GAA and .906 SV% in 35 games. LeNeveu's back-up, Gustaf Wesslau, would post a 3.17 GAA and
.907 .897 SV% in 31 games.
While attending Cornell University, LeNeveu would go on to break Ken Dryden's shutout record of six, by posting a season with nine shutouts in the 2002-03 season. LeNeveu would opt for the pro game following that season.
LeNeveu returned to the AHL last season after spending the 2009-10 season with EC Salzburg of Austria, helping them to reach the playoffs and win the league's championship. This will mark LeNeveu's eighth season in the AHL, after spending time with the Falcons, San Antonio Rampage, Utah Grizzlies, Hartford Wolf Pack, and Iowa Chops.