Penn State Goalie Eamon McAdam Signs With New York Islanders
Nittany Lions junior goalie Eamon McAdam announced today that he’ll forego his senior season of eligibility and sign with the NHL’s New York Islanders, joining Ottawa Senators prospect Casey Bailey as Penn State’s only two NHL representatives.
McAdam’s jump to the NHL was bound to happen sooner or later after he was selected No. 70 overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but the time felt right for the goaltender after three years in Guy Gadowsky’s program. 2015-16 was McAdam’s best statistical season as a Nittany Lion. The junior posted a GAA of 2.98, a .913 save percentage, and finished with 631 saves and a 13-8-1 season record, which set the school mark for wins in a season.
“Thank you to everyone at Penn State,” McAdam said in a statement. “All the staff, fans and my teammates who I’ve had the opportunity to play with here. Thank you for all the opportunities and chances they’ve given me over the past three years. It’s been an amazing time, the best three years of my life and I’m excited to see where this program will go in the near future. I came here to help set a foundation for future Penn State hockey players and I hope I helped make this program better than it was when I got here.”
“We are very proud of Eamon and his growth as a goaltender and a teammate,” Gadowsky said in a statement. “He had a tremendous season and we will surely miss him, but we are very excited to watch his success with the Islanders. Eamon is also an excellent student and has assured us he will graduate. I know Eamon loves Penn State and he will always be a big part of our hockey program and the university.”
McAdam signed his three year entry-level deal with the Islanders on Tuesday. He’ll finish the remainder of the NHL regular season playing on an amateur tryout agreement.