During their game last night, the Dallas Stars announced a new member was joining the organization. The team has signed Adam Scheel to a two-year entry-level contract that will begin in the 2021-22 season. Scheel has signed an amateur tryout with the Texas Stars of the AHL for the remainder of 2020-21.
The 21-year-old goaltender is coming off an incredible junior season with the University of North Dakota and will take this opportunity to leave the college ranks. Undrafted, Scheel posted a .931 save percentage in 26 appearances this season, winning 20 games on the back of a 1.74 goals-against average. That was by far his best season for UND, though he had started in his freshman and junior years as well.
The intriguing part about Scheel is that, unlike many other undrafted goaltenders who find success at the college or junior level, he isn’t undersized. In fact, he stands at an imposing 6’3″ and at first glance looks the part of an NHL goalie. As Corey Pronman of The Athletic wrote last month there is some concern about his lateral quickness, but the frame is there for him to succeed at the next level.
Obviously, it takes more than just a big body to stop pucks as a pro, but Scheel should certainly be feeling confident in his abilities right now. He won the NCHC Goaltender of the Year award this season.