Breaking: Former NCAA MVP signs NHL deal

Talk about a steal! This kid looks legit.

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According to a report from french language journalist Renaud Lavoie, the Anaheim Ducks has signed goaltender Kevin Boyle to a two year, two way contract worth approximately $1.4 million.

Kevin Boyle signed a contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. 18-19 $650 000 ($225 000 AHL) 19-20 $700 000 ($250 000 AHL)

The undrafted 26 year old native of Manalapan, New Jersey has played the past two seasons with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls where he has compiled a 29-18-2 record. Boyle had a stellar college career with UMass-Lowell of the NCAA where he was named Goaltender of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP during the 2015-16 season. He posted an impressive .921 save percentage and .921 save percentage in 35 games with the Gulls this season, his first full season as a regular pro goaltender. 

It remains to be seen whether or not Boyle can earn a spot on the Ducks’ roster, but he’ll face stiff competition with 

Boyle was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, but with his latest deal he’s locked in through the 2019-20 season.

While Boyle has been a solid goaltender for the Gulls since joining them last season, it remains to be seen whether or not Boyle can earn a spot on the Ducks’ roster moving forward.  

The Ducks have both John Gibson and Ryan Miller signed for the 2018-19 season but Boyle’s counterpart with the Gulls, veteran Reto Berra, has gone back to his native Switzerland to continue his pro career. It’s expected that Boyle will get 50+ starts for the Gulls in 2018-19 and could even earn himself an NHL call up in either Gibson or Miller go down with injury.

Here's Boyle's full scouting report courtesy of NHL prospects website

Kevin Boyle is an athletic goaltender who is very aggressive in cutting down angles.  He plays at the edge of his crease, and often beyond, to challenges shooters.  Boyle has decent size and uses it well.  He keeps his body upright and stays big when down in the butterfly.  His movements in the crease are fluid and not overly busy.