Carson Soucy
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Carson Soucy

Hometown:

Irma Alberta

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-07-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

5th round (137th overall), 2013

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Carson Soucy played 34 games for the Baker Hughes Bobcats midget major AAA team in Lloydminster, Alberta. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. The Bobcats were sixth in the Dodge Division. Soucy was scoreless in the two game playoff series against Leduc.

2011-12: Soucy got his first taste of junior A hockey, skating in seven games for the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints, and was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Bobcats in his second season in Lloydminster. He was scoreless with no penalty minutes during this time with the Saints. He scored 9 goals with 20 assists in 30 games with the Bobcats and had 100 penalty minutes, one of three players to top the century mark for Baker Hughes.

2012-13: Soucy played 35 games for Spruce Grove in his first full season with the Saints. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and had 71 penalty minutes. Spruce Grove finished first in the North Division and lost to South Division champion Brooks Bandits in the AJHL finals. Soucy scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 30 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. In February 2013 he committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth in 2013-14.Soucy was ranked 129th amongst North American skaters and was selected by Minnesota in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Soucy skated in 34 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman. Paired with sophomore Andy Welinsky (ANA) much of the season, he had 6 assists and was +6 with 60 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series.

Talent Analysis

Soucy is a good athlete with a tall and lanky frame. He has decent mobility and some ability to make plays with an offensive set of skills that have begun to emerge in his second season at Minnesota-Duluth.

Future

Soucy is in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2014-15. He has emerged as a solid force on the defensive end for the Bulldogs in his second season — using his size and skating ability to advantage. While not a pure offensive defender, his ability to join the rush and contribute to the attack should benefit him at the higher level. Long-range his size and talent level suggest he can be an effective two-way defensemen at the NHL level one day.

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For any organization dedicated to the near-term goal of a Stanley Cup, having the bulk of the team’s prospects in colleges or European leagues is sound policy. The young men get their chances to grow as people, the team’s contract status is unaffected, and there is less rush to decide on a player’s future. The pressures of pro hockey in Europe are real, especially for younger players, but so is the NCAA Tournament atmosphere. Both make for excellent developmental opportunities.

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