After putting up the best numbers of his career at Penn State, junior goaltender Eamon McAdam has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the New York Islanders. You may recall, McAdam was a draftee of the Islanders back in 2013 as the No. 70 overall pick. Now, he'll get to test himself at the AHL level for the remainder of the season, as he'll report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an Amateur Tryout Contract.
This season with Penn State, McAdam was relied upon -- especially late in the season -- as the team's starting netminder. With a .913 save percentage and a 2.98 goals against this year, McAdam played almost 200 more minutes than senior Matt Skoff. The junior goaltender had gotten better with every year in a Penn State uniform, and with the injuries to the Islanders starting netminding corps, McAdam will help fill the gaps in the minors for the rest of the year.
This does put Penn State in an interesting situation, however. With Skoff graduated and McAdam gone to the pros, the Nittany Lions will have to turn to their underclassmen to hold up the netminding. Chris Funkey will be a sophomore next season and he posted a .933 save percentage and a 1.99 goals against in four games played this year. However, Funkey has just over 71 minutes played this year and hasn't played extended minutes at the college level. There will also be 20-year-old Peyton Jones coming in next season, who played 30 games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and posted a .925 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against.
With no upperclassmen with college experience under their belt, Penn State might have some growing pains in net next year. However, it's par for the course given the nature of college hockey. That said, all the best to McAdam with the Islanders organization in the future!