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Stephon Williams Signs with New York Islanders

Matt Christians

Minnesota State junior goalie Stephon Williams has signed an entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.

Williams burst onto the scene as a freshman for the Minnesota State, winning the WCHA Rookie of the Year Award and leading Minnesota State to the school's second ever NCAA Tournament appearance. That summer, Williams was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Islanders. Offseason surgery slowed him down in his second season, and he struggled before eventually being relegated to back-up duty at Minnesota State. But he rebounded with a tremendous junior campaign this past season posting a 1.65 GAA/.925 save percentage and was honored as the WCHA's top goalie.

Williams is known for his aggressive, sometimes erratic style of goaltending. He is also perhaps best known for intentionally flipping over his own net in the final minutes of a game against Minnesota earlier this season.

Williams contract with the Islanders is a standard two-year, two-way contract which begins next season. He will finish the season on an Amateur Tryout Offer with the the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.