After days of speculation on where one of the top available NCAA free agents could land, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey has signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Carey is currently the second-leading scorer in all of NCAA hockey with 18 goals and a nation-leading 39 assists for 59 points in 38 games played this season. Last season, Carey led all of NCAA hockey in goals scored with 28 goals scored to go along with 23 assists for 51 points, which was good for a tie for 5th nationally in scoring.
Carey is listed at 5'11" 195 lbs., and originally hails from Hamilton, Ontario. Carey is known as a dangerous offensive threat with one of the heaviest wrist shots in all of college hockey, but will likely need to improve on the defensive end of the ice to play significantly minutes at the NHL level. We at SBN College Hockey had Carey ranked 84th overall on our list of the Top 100 NHL Prospects playing in the NCAA this year.
SBN College Hockey's Jeff Cox(@JeffCoxSBNation) saw Carey play multiple times this season, and here is what he had to say about the St. Lawrence senior:
Greg Carey is strong on pucks and plays well in traffic. His strength allows him to be more of a force in dirty areas than his size would indicate. He's got a quick release and can score in spurts. He was certainly the driving force behind St. Lawrence's offense the past two seasons.
Carey was reportedly pursued by multiple NHL teams since St. Lawrence's season ended with a playoff loss to Colgate last Saturday. His younger brother Matt, a freshman center on the same St. Lawrence team, is also expected to sign an NHL free agent in the near future.