The Toronto Marlies have signed 2022 Hobey Baker-winning goaltender Dryden McKay to a two-year AHL contract.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.
Coming off of a four-year run with Minnesota State University, McKay had an unbelievable season with a 38-4-0 record with two shutouts and a .934 save percentage. McKay was a runner-up twice for the award after consecutive 10-shutout campaigns, with his save percentage hitting a career-low of .924 last season.
In four NCAA seasons, McKay had a .932 save percentage, 26 shutouts and a total record of 113-19-4, making him one of the best college goaltenders in decades. Among other career accolades, McKay won the WCHA title as a freshman in 2018-19 before winning multiple awards as the league's top goaltender. His 38 wins this season are an NCAA Division I record.
McKay is undersized at 6-foot-0, but that didn't prove to be a problem in college. Pro hockey, though, could be a different story. He'll likely compete with Joseph Woll, Erik Kallgren and Keith Petruzzelli for playing time with the Toronto Marlies next season, with all having flashes of brilliance over the past year.
McKay is currently serving a six-month suspension for violating the United States Anti-Doping Agency's regulations. As per the terms of his suspension, McKay can return to practicing with teams on Aug. 25 and will be eligible to play games on Oct. 11. That would open McKay up to join the Leafs during rookie camp and eventually training camp