Flyers sign NCAA Goalie

 

The Philadelphia Flyers added to their impressive pool of goaltending prospects on Thursday afternoon, as they announced the signing of Yale goaltender Alex Lyon. Lyon is a 6’1, 200-pound left-hand catching goaltender from Baudette, Minnesota. Born on December 9th, 1992 (23), Lyon spent his three seasons in the ECAC as the starting goaltender of the Yale Bulldogs. He has quite a lineage at Yale, as both his father and grandfather are alumni. Lyon was eligible for the 2011 NHL entry draft, but at that time, he had just Entered the USHL for one game after finishing a year of high school hockey.

During his rookie collegiate season, he played 30 games, posting a record of 14-11-5 with a 2.41 GAA and .918 save % to go along with 3 shutouts. He was voted as an honorable mention for the Ivy League all-star team and was named the Ivy League rookie of the year.

His sophomore season he improved to 15-7-4, a 1.62 GAA and .939 save % as well as pitching 7 shutouts all in 32 games. He was named to the Ivy League first team all-stars and won the Ken Dryden Award for the best goaltender of the ECAC. Consistency is key for Lyon, and he proved that in his junior campaign, posting similar numbers (18-4-4, 1.64 GAA .936 SV % , 5 shutouts). He was again named an Ivy League all-star and Ken Dryden nominee.

Lyon is known for his high hockey IQ and puck tracking, and EliteProspects.com provides a talent analysis worth noting;

“Very technique – oriented goalie that combines quick reflexes with sound postional play. Superior core and lower-body strength exhibited through quick cross-crease pushes and smooth lateral movement. Quick glove hand that doesn’t get beat very often. Isn’t very scrambly and accurately predicts where the puck is going to hit him and where it will be redirected to if he doesn’t hold on it. Analyzes odd-man situations well and is always a step ahead.”

Lyon joins an impressive goalie prospect pool, as he takes company with AHL all-star Anthony Stolarz, 19-year-old SHL starter Felix Sandstrom, UND hopeful Matej Tomek, MHL elite goalie Ivan Fedotov and fellow Ivy-league breakout goalie Merrick Madsen. Goaltenders are impossible to predict development, so Hextall is playing it smart and obtaining a number of goalies since his being named GM.
The Flyers managed to sign Lyon despite interest from western teams, especially L.A. and Edmonton who were the supposed favorites to sign Lyon.
The Yale goaltender was signed to a two-year entry level contract with a $925,000 AAV.
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