Carson Soucy
Image: AJHL

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.

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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.

2014-15: Soucy was one of three Bulldogs’ defensemen to skate in all 40 games for Minnesota-Duluth in his sophomore season. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +13 with 40 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the National College Hockey Conference, winning 20 games in the regular season. UM-D received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after being swept by fourth-place Denver in the NCHC quarterfinals and defeated Minnesota in the NCAA Northeast Regional before falling to Boston University, 3-2, in the regional final.

2015-16: Soucy played in 38 games for Minnesota-Duluth in his junior season. Frequently teamed with junior Wilie Raskob, he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was +4 with 61 penalty minutes. After struggling for much of the season, the Bulldogs won seven games down the stretch, defeating eventual national champion North Dakota, 4-2, in the NCHC semifinals before losing, 3-1, to St. Cloud State in the championship. UM-D received an at-large berth in the NCAA Northeast Regional, defeating defending national champion Providence, 2-1 in overtime, before falling to Boston College, 3-2.

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 skated for the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a junior in 2015-16. The team leader with 61 penalty minutes, he provided a hard edge while chipping in with 12 points in 38 games. Likely to use his final season of college eligibility before turning professional, Soucy projects as a big, physical blueliner with some offensive elements to his game.

Minnesota Wild 2013 draft review

by Peter Prohaska
on
Gustav Olofsson - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild used their first draft pick on a defenseman for the third straight year with the selection of Gustav Olofsson at 46th overall (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 
The Wild's big free agent signings last season may have dented the scouting budget. The Wild stayed pretty close to home this year, not drafting a player out of Europe for the first time in team history. The scouting staff did travel coast to coast in Canada with a studied focus on defense and size, but with an implicit directive of taking the long view with this draft class. Several of these players will be playing at the NCAA level next year and keeping tabs will mean a two hour drive rather than an eight hour flight. It also means that all of these players remain two years away from consideration at the professional level. All in all, it was quite an unspectacular draft that will take much patience to assess properly.

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