DeSmith’s career path brightened to begin the 2018-19 season and his stalwart play was rewarded with a three-year extension. He’s looking more like a solid NHL backup.
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May 2020 – DeSmith had a decent season in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 41 games, his final record was 18-18-2 with a 2.92 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Clare McManus
February 2020 – He has a 16-12-2 AHL record from a 2.80 GAA and .908 save percentage, numbers that are right in line with his minor-league stats from two seasons ago. Since the Pens are likely going to keep Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry to try to make another Cup run, DeSmith will remain in the minors (barring an injury) for the rest of the season. Depending what happens in the off-season, he’ll be a solid AHL starter/NHL backup for the foreseeable future. The 28-year-old has two more seasons left on his current contract. Mark Allan
September 2019 – The 28-year-old DeSmith was assigned to the AHL in one of Pittsburgh’s final cuts. Former second-round pick Tristan Jarry earned the right to back up Matt Murray out of the pre-season. Time has been on the side of former second-round pick Jarry, who’s five years younge