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Flyers Sign Yale Goaltender Alex Lyon

alex_lyonsThe Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with Yale University goaltender Alex Lyon, who has signed an entry level deal with the organisation.

The 23-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs, including Vancouver and Anaheim, after a successful season with the Bulldogs during which he posted a 19-8-4 record with a 1.64 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Lyon also registered five shutouts during the campaign.

Yale finished second in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) during the regular season, qualifying for the 2016 NCAA East Regional where they were eliminated by UMass-Lowell at the semifinal stage.

Lyon led all ECAC goaltenders in goals-against average and save percentage for the second year in a row, and is once again a finalist for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, given to the goaltender adjudged to be the ‘most outstanding’ in NCAA men’s hockey. The award will be presented on Friday at the Frozen Four in Tampa.

The Baudette, Minnesota native was also named among the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s most outstanding player, but was not among the final three nominees for the award.

During Lyon’s NCAA career he set school records for goals-against average (1.88), save percentage (.931), wins (50) and shutouts (15).

With the addition of the Yale puck stopper, Philadelphia’s goaltendering depth chart is also looking much healthier than it has in years past.

Both Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are contracted through to 2017, while the club also boasts a number of strong, if occasionally raw, prospects.

Anthony Stolarz was identified as the Flyers’ ‘Goalie of the Future’ in InGoal Magazine’s recent Future Watch rankings, while Matej Tomek and Merrick Madsen continue to develop their game in the NCAA.

With the addition of Lyon, the franchise certainly appears to have options between the pipes moving forward.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of In Goal Magazine's editorial team, Rob is also the editor of the One Puck Short blog and host of the One Puck Short podcast . A former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL), Rob also writes for Today's Slapshot and has previously written for a number of other outlets, including the BBC.

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