Alex Lyon

Hometown:

Baudette Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2016

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Alex Lyon played for Lake of the Woods HS in northern Minnesota. Playing in 26 games as a junior, he was 12-13-1 with three shutouts and had a 2.85 goals against and .918 save percentage. The Bears faced Kittson Central in the Section 8A quarterfinals, falling 4-3. 

2010-11: Lyon made his USHL debut with Cedar Rapids in a March 18th game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks following his senior season at Lake of the Woods. He played for Team North in the Upper Midwest Elite High School Hockey League in the fall prior to the high school season. He allowed five goals on 33 shots in a 5-0 loss in his only USHL game with the RoughRiders. Lyon was 17-7-3 with six shutouts and had a 1.60 goals against and .945 save percentage in 27 games for Lake of the Woods. The Bears defeated Red Lake Falls, 4-3 in the Section 8A quarterfinals before falling to Thief River Falls, 3-1, in the semifinals. Lyons had a 2.76 goals against and .930 save percentage in 14 games with Team North in the UMEHSHL. 

2011-12: Lyon was the starting goalie for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and was named to the league’s All-Rookie team. Backed up by 15-year-old Thatcher Demko (VAN), he was 28-15-3 with four shutouts and had a 2.76 goals against and .910 save percentage. The Lancers finished second in the Western Conference, falling to Waterloo in the playoff quarterfinals. Lyon was 1-3 with a 3.30 goals against and .910 save percentage in four playoff games. He was selected to play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. 

2012-13: Lyon returned to Omaha for his second USHL season, playing in 50 of 64 games for the Lancers. He was 26-21-1 with one shutout and had a 2.65 goals against and .916 save percentage. The Lancers finished fifth in the Western Conference, missing the USHL playoffs. Lyon committed to playing college hockey at Yale University in 2013-14. 

2013-14: Lyon outplayed fellow freshman Patrick Spano to earn the starting goalie job for defending national champion Yale University —  succeeding graduated senior Jeff Malcolm. Playing in 30 of 33 games for the Bulldogs, he was 14-11-5 with three shutouts and had a 2.41 goals against and .918 save percentage. Yale finished sixth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and was swept by Quinnipiac in two games in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. 

2014-15: Lyon played in 32 of 33 games for Yale in his sophomore season. He was 17-10-5 with seven shutouts and had a 1.62 goals against and .939 save percentage. The Bulldogs finished third in ECAC Hockey, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional after a 3-2 loss to Harvard in double overtime in the decisive third game of their ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. Yale lost to Boston University, 3-2 in overtime, in the regional semifinals.  

2015-16: Lyon returned to Yale for his junior season, playing in 31 of 32 games for the Bulldogs. He was 19-8-4 with five shutouts and had a 1.64 goals against and .936 save percentage. Yale finished second to Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey in the regular season, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional despite being swept by Dartmouth in a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series. The Bulldogs lost to Massachusetts-Lowell, 3-2 in overtime, in the NCAA East semifinals. Lyon signed a two-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in April 2016.

Talent Analysis

Lyon was one of the more consistent goalies in college hockey in his three seasons at Yale University — appearing in 30 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2013-14 and playing in 93 games before signing an entry-level contract with the Flyers. He is a big goalie who handles the puck well. Lyon plays with a sense of calm and is under control in all situations. He is a durable goaltender who is comfortable with a heavy workload. Athletically, he moves well in the net and reacts quickly to the puck or to rebound opportunities.

Future

Lyon played in 31 of 32 games for Yale University in 2015-16 as a junior, signing an entry-level contract with Philadelphia in April 2016 and foregoing his final season of college hockey. He will attend his first training camp with the Flyers in 2017 looking to earn a spot with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Lyon's skill set suggests he can be an NHL starter but he will likely have to build his reputation at the minor pro level.

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