The Toledo Walleye have announced goaltender Jeff Lerg and forward A.J. Jenks have agreed to terms to return for the 2015-16 season.
Lerg finished a tremendous 2014-15 season with a Walleye record 32 wins, to go along with a 2.37 goals against average and a Walleye best .920 save percentage. His four shutouts and 45 appearances last season were also Toledo Walleye records. The 29-year-old finished second in voting for the ECHL Goaltender of the Year.
“A significant returner for us coming off of a spectacular season,” said Head Coach Derek Lalonde. “He will again be a core piece of building our culture of success.”
Lerg was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month in November for going 7-0-1 with a 2.65 goals against average and .922 save percentage and he also picked up Goaltender of Week honors March 16-22 (3-0-0-0, 0.65 goals against average and .975 save percentage). Lerg finished with a 7-4-4 record in the playoffs with a 2.20 goals against average and .924 save percentage .
Jenks, a native of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, appeared in 42 games this past season with the Walleye collecting 16 goals and 9 assists plus 12 more points (5G, 7A) in 20 playoff contests. He also spent 27 games in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers picking up six points (2G, 4A). Since 2009, the 25-year-old appeared in 110 total ECHL games between Toledo, Florida, Cincinnati and Charlotte with 69 points (38G, 31A).
“AJ elevated his game and was a top performer during our playoff run,” Head Coach Derek Lalonde said. “He is key in every situation for us and will again be a go-to player.”
The former fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has also collected 44 points (17G, 27A) in 178 games played in the AHL between Rochester, San Antonio and Charlotte.
The Walleye begin defense of their North Division title at the Indy Fuel on October 16.