TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Adam Wilcox to a two-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. He also signed an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the season.
Wilcox, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, posted a 22-12-3 record with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this season, his junior year, with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He was also a nominee for the Mike Richter Award, given annually to the top goaltender in NCAA hockey. During his sophomore season at Minnesota he was a finalist for both the Mike Richter Award as well as the Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player. Wilcox was also the inaugural Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. He was also a First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Wilcox set the Golden Gopher single-season record that year with a .932 save percentage. Wilcox made a big impression as a freshman in 2012-13, earning All-WCHA Third-Team honors, appearing in 39 games and posting a 25-8-5 record to tie the Minnesota rookie wins record. He set the school single-season goals-against average record with a 1.88.
Wilcox was drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round, 178th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.