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Capitals Sign Adam Carlson to Entry Level Deal

The Washington Capitals have announced the signing of Mercyhurst Lakers’ goaltender Adam Carlson to a two-year, entry level contract.

The 6’3″ puck stopper went 7-7-3 for the Lakers this season, boasting a .919 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average as the University finished fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.

He was tied for fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) in save percentage, tenth in saves (536) and eleventh in goals-against average and wins. The 22-year-old picked up his first NCAA win against Army on October 24th, and made a season-high 50 saves on January 22nd in a 2-2 tie at Robert Morris.

It was Carlson’s first, and it appears only, season with the program.

Prior to enrolling at Mercyhurst, he played for Coulee Region Chill in the NAHL where he assembled a 38-27-10 record, including seven shutouts, in 81 games for the club. He also posted 2.52 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage during his two seasons with the team.

Carlson becomes the latest goaltender to ‘graduate’ to pro hockey via the NAHL. He now joins names such as Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck, who played for the Odessa Jackalopes before enrolling at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Anthony Stolarz, who represented the Corpus Christi IceRays before his stint with the London Knights in the OHL.

Carlson’s new deal will not kick in until 2016-17, with the Edina, Minnesota native set to join the AHL Hershey Bears on an amateur tryout agreement for the remained of this season.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).