Minnesota Duluth senior defenseman Carson Soucy has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild had drafted Soucy in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Soucy, who served as an alternate captain for Minnesota Duluth this season, scored three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 35 games for the Bulldogs. We ranked Soucy as the 65th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season:
Soucy has shown an increased maturity after deciding to return to the Bulldogs for his senior season. He has always been a big physical presence on the blue line, and had the ability to jump into the play offensively. But in his final year of college hockey he has gotten much better at waiting for the right moment and picking his spots, rather than trying to force the big play every time. His game has been much more effective as a result. Soucy has been a reliable piece on one of the best teams in the country this year.
He has the potential to do a little bit of everything as a defenseman at the NHL level. He won’t be a big offensive producer from the blue line, but he could be above-average in that regard for a player that earns his paycheck by being a physical presence on the blue line.
Soucy’s contract with the Wild will begin next season. He’ll report to their AHL affiliate in Iowa for the final three games of their season on a tryout agreement.