The Habs added some goalie depth on Wednesday morning, announcing the signing of Charlie Lindgren to a two year entry level contract. Lindgren will burn the first year of the deal in 2015-16.
Lindgren spent the last three years with St. Cloud State University of the NCAA and opted to forego his senior season to sign with Montreal. This year, he posted a 30-9-1 record with the Huskies with an impressive 2.13 GAA and a .925 SV%. The 30 victories were a school record while the GAA was the second lowest in their history. Those numbers helped earn him the Goaltender of the Year in the NCHC.
Prior to joining St. Cloud State, Lindgren suited up for two years with Sioux Falls of the USHL. In his second season there, he was named USA Hockey’s Junior Goalie of the Year.
As he will be burning the first year of his ELC this season, it’s likely that the 6’2 netminder will be playing in one of Montreal’s final five games. He will be backing up Mike Condon on Thursday but isn’t expected to play. Next year, he’ll likely debut in St. John’s, playing alongside Zach Fucale.
To make room for Lindgren on the roster, Ben Scrivens (who technically was up on an emergency recall after being ‘papered’ to the AHL before the trade deadline), will be placed on waivers at noon on Wednesday.