Several former Huskies are on the move via free agency, trade

Former SCSU captain Jack Ahcan has re-signed with the Boston Bruins; Ryan Poehling has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins; Charlie Lindgren has signed with the Washington Capitals; Kevin Gravel signs with Nashville; Ethan Prow re-signs with Rochester; Jon Lizotte heads back to Penguins organization; Easton Brodzinski could be teammates with brother, Jonny.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens as defenseman Igor Ozhiganov (92) pressures Montreal center Ryan Poehling (25) during the first period on April 6, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
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Several former St. Cloud State men's hockey players have been among recent transactions in the NHL and AHL.

Perhaps the biggest news of the group was the Montreal Canadiens trading former Huskies center Ryan Poehling and defenseman Jeff Petry to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Michael Matheson on July 16.

Poehling, a 23-year-old from Lakeville, was the first-round pick (25th overall) of the Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Poehling played the majority of last season for Montreal and had nine goals, 17 points, six penalty minutes and was a minus-21 in 57 games for the Canadiens (22-49-11). He also played seven games in the AHL for the Laval Rocket and had three goals and six points.

In 85 career games with Montreal, Poehling had 13 goals, 22 points, 10 penalty minutes and was a minus-22. He joins Pittsburgh, which re-signed Evgeni Malkin to a four-year deal last week. The Penguins also have superstar Sidney Crosby under contract for three more seasons.


Ahcan re-signs with Bruins

While Poehling is on the move, former St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Ahcan is staying put. On Monday, July 18, Ahcan signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins. Ahcan, a 25-year-old from Savage, has played the last two seasons in the Bruins organization, splitting time between the team's AHL affiliate in Providence and with Boston.

On March 10, Ahcan scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He has played nine games in the NHL and is a minus-6. In 2021-22, he was named Providence's Rookie of the Year after he had six goals, 23 points, 10 penalty minutes and was a minus-2 in 46 games. In 65 career games with Providence, Ahcan has seven goals, 33 points, 16 penalty minutes and is a plus-3.

Lindgren signs 3-year deal with Washington

On July 13, former SCSU goalie Charlie Lindgren signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract with the Washington Capitals. Lindgren is expected to be the backup for Washington behind former Wild and Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper, who also signed a free agent deal with Washington.

Lindgren, a 28-year-old from Lakeville, spent last season in the St. Louis Blues organization. In five starts with the Blues, he was 5-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .958 save percentage. Lindgren spent most of the season with the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds.

With Springfield, Lindgren tied for fourth in the AHL in wins (24 in 34 games), tied for second in save percentage (.925), tied for third in GAA (2.21) and tied for fifth in shutouts (3). He helped the Thunderbirds reach the Calder Cup Finals and was 5-3 with a 2.79 GAA, .914 save percentage and one shutout in eight playoff games.

Before joining the Blues, Lindgren spent his first four full pro seasons in the Montreal organization. In 29 career NHL games, he is 15-12-2 with a 2.74 GAA, .913 save percentage and two shutouts.

Lindgren joins two other former Huskies on the Washington roster, one of whom, he was a teammate with at SCSU. Forward Nic Dowd recently completed his fourth season with the Capitals and was a senior with the Huskies during Lindgren's freshman season. Defenseman Nick Jensen, who played for SCSU the three seasons before Lindgren arrived, also recently finished his fourth season with the Capitals.


In November, Dowd signed a three-year extension with the Capitals. Jensen will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season.

Gravel signs with Nashville

Former St. Cloud State defenseman Kevin Gravel signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators on July 14. Gravel played last season for the Stockton Heat in the AHL and had 14 points, 11 penalty minutes and was a plus-12 in 59 games for the Calgary Flames affiliate.

Gravel, a 30-year-old from Kingsford, Mich., helped the Heat reach the Western Conference finals. He had three assists and six penalty minutes in 13 AHL playoff games.

Gravel has previously played in the Edmonton, Toronto and Los Angeles organizations. In 109 career NHL games, Gravel has 13 points, 12 penalty minutes and is a minus-2.

Prow re-signs with Rochester

Former St. Cloud State defenseman Ethan Prow signed a two-year contract with the AHL's Rochester Americans on July 13. The Americans are the top affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

Prow, a 29-year-old from Sauk Rapids, played most of last season with Rochester and had 10 goals, 49 points, six penalty minutes and was a minus-5 in 70 regular season games. He had four assists and was a minus-3 in 10 playoff games.


Prow also played four games for the Sabres during the regular season and picked up his first NHL goal on Dec. 29 in his NHL debut. In 2020-21, Prow played professionally in Germany. Before that, he played one season in Springfield and three seasons for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

A former Minot Minotauros captain who was a walk-on for the Huskies, he signed his 1st NHL deal in July after 2-plus seasons on AHL deals

Jon Lizotte heads back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Former SCSU defenseman Jon Lizotte is headed back to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after one season in the Minnesota Wild organization. Lizotte, a 27-year-old from and Grand Forks Red River High School (N.D.) graduate, made his NHL debut for the Wild on Oct. 28 against the Seattle Kraken.

Last season in the AHL, he had two goals, nine points, 23 penalty minutes and was a minus-5 in 56 games for the Iowa Wild. Before joining the Wild, Lizotte played his first two full seasons of pro hockey with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

In 150 career AHL games, he has six goals, 37 points, 58 penalty minutes and is a plus-3.

St. Cloud State's Easton Brodzinski (26) celebrates a goal against Miami of Ohio during the third period Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
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Easton Brodzinski could be teammates with brother Jonny

Former SCSU wing Easton Brodzinski and older brother, Jonny, could see time on the ice together this season. Easton, a 25-year-old from Ham Lake, completed his fifth season with the Huskies in March. He played in one game with the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack, an affiliate of the New York Rangers, after finishing the college sason.

Easton signed a one-year contract with the Wolfpack on June 14. Jonny, a 29-year-old forward, signed a two-year contract extension with the Rangers on Feb. 28. Jonny split time last season between Hartford and New York.

With Hartford, he was a captain and had 18 goals and 39 points in 36 games. With the Rangers, Jonny had two points in 22 regular season games and played in one playoff game.

Easton played in an SCSU record 176 games and had 125 points (14th), 67 goals (6th), 13 game-winning goals (tied for 1st) and 25 power-play goals (tied for 6th).

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