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Adam Carlson continues remarkable rise, signs with Caps

Adam Carlson continues remarkable rise, signs with Caps
Andrew Wisneski
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Adam Carlson - Mercyhurst

Adam Carlson emerged as a freshman to earn playing time for the Lakers. He ran with the opportunity and has now signed an NHL deal. (Photo by Jennifer Hoffman/Along the Boards)

Most players on Atlantic Hockey teams do not have a clear path to the NHL lined up when they enter as freshmen. There are currently no NHL draft picks on any roster in the league, and three Atlantic Hockey alums have reached the NHL.

But on Monday, Mercyhurst first-year goalie Adam Carlson took a step towards being the fourth. Carlson signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals that kicks in next season. For the rest of the season, he will be with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, on an amateur tryout.

Carlson fits the mold as a “big” goalie, standing at 6-foot-3. That was surly an attractive attribute that stood out for the Capitals. However, this signing jumps out as a bit of a surprise since goalies signing out of college after their freshman year is not very common.

In fact, it has not happened since Rick DiPietro signed with the Islanders after his freshman year in 2000. Of course, DiPietro was the first overall pick in that year’s NHL Draft, while Carlson went undrafted. In fact, Carlson’s hockey journey is quite unconventional, making for a compelling story all the more. 

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Andrew Wisneski
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Andrew currently attends Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. He is originally from New Jersey. He joined the staff in August 2015 and covers Atlantic Hockey for Along the Boards.

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