ST. PAUL, Minn. -- (MINNESOTA WILD RELEASE) Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Carson Soucy to a three-year, $8.25 million contract that goes through the 2022-23 season.
Soucy, 26, registered 14 points (7-7=14), a plus-16 rating, 18 penalty minutes (PIM), 69 hits and 61 shots on goal in 55 games during his first full season with Minnesota in 2019-20. He also appeared in all four Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound blueliner set a franchise record for plus/minus rating by a rookie and his goal and point totals ranked fourth in team history by a rookie defenseman. He ranked T-4th amongst NHL rookies in plus/minus rating and fourth amongst NHL rookie defensemen in goals. Soucy led the team in plus/minus rating and ranked fifth in hits. The native of Viking, Alberta, recorded his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Edmonton (Oct. 22), netted his first career goal vs. Arizona (Nov. 16), tallied his first career game-winning goal at Florida (Dec. 3), registered a goal in consecutive games for his first career NHL goal/point streak (Dec. 3-5) and notched a shorthanded goal vs. PHI (Dec. 14) to become the fourth rookie and sixth defenseman in franchise history to record a SHG. The left-shot blueliner owns 14 points (7-7=14) in 58 career games with Minnesota and has appeared in eight career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with the Wild. He made his NHL debut vs. Edmonton on April 2, 2018.
Soucy collected 35 points (6-29=35), a plus-20 rating, 128 PIM and 167 shots in 136 career games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) in three seasons (2016-19) and tallied two assists in 11 Calder Cup Playoff contests during the 2018-19 campaign. Soucy skated in four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, totaling 47 points (12-35=47), a plus-31 rating and 216 PIM in 147 games (2013-17). He served as assistant captain and was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team during his senior season (2016-17).
Soucy was selected by Minnesota in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.