Yale goaltender Alex Lyon is in his second consecutive season as a Mike Richter NCAA goaltender of the year finalist; he’s a top ten Hobey Baker nominee for the 2015-16 season, and finished his third season with Yale boasting a .936 save percentage in all situations.
Now, he’s inked an entry-level deal, and will join the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Lyon was one of the hottest free agents heading towards the 2016 off-season, so Philadelphia likely had exactly what the American-born goaltender was looking for – they certainly weren’t his only suitors. An impressive showing in a Team USA exhibition game at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championships went with two consecutive seasons of save percentages over .930 at the NCAA level, and he will walk away from his collegiate career with 15 shutouts over just three seasons of play.
A native of Baudette, Minnesota, Lyon played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the Omaha Lancers of the USHL prior to heading to Yale to play in net. While his 6 foot 1 build isn’t as tall as a number of NHL netminders have been in recent years, he’s got good in-net presence and is likely a fantastic add for the Flyers heading into the upcoming summer.
Now that Lyon has inked with Philadelphia, the team can send him to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms on an ATO to finish out the 2016 spring campaign.