SAN JOSE - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) proud American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and General Manager Joe Will announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Stephon Williams to a one-year AHL contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We're really excited to have Stephon within our organization," said Will. "He adds depth to a very important position."
Williams, 24, appeared in 24 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) last year, recording a 6-13-1 record with a .891 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average. The Fairbanks, Alaska native also appeared in eight games for the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) where he went 3-4-0 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against.
In 58 career AHL games over three seasons with the Sound Tigers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, Williams accumulated a 24-27-2 mark with a .899 save percentage and a 2.84 goals-against average.
In 2012-13, as a freshman at Minnesota State (WCHA), Williams went 31-12-2 (12th in the country in winning percentage - .667) with a .924 save percentage (13th in the country) and a 2.00 goals-against average (sixth in the country), earning WCHA Rookie of the Year honors.
Over three seasons at Minnesota State, Williams helped lead the Mavericks to two WCHA titles (2013-14, 2014-15), and finished as the schools all-time leader in wins (51), save percentage (.917), and goals-against average (2.01).
The six-foot-two, 190-pound goaltender was originally drafted by the Islanders in fourth round (106th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.