NEWS: NY Islanders and Tristan Lennox agree to a three-year, entry-level contract

Saginaw Spirit v Windsor Spitfires
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The NY Islanders announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have signed prospect goaltender, Tristan Lennox, to a three-year, entry-level contract with an AAV of $950K.

The Islanders drafted Lennox in the third round, 93rd overall, in the 2021 National Hockey League Draft. At 20 years old, Lennox has had a solid season with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, posting a 22-15-1-1 record and a 3.28 goals-against average in 40 games. The Spirit currently sits in third place in the OHLs West Division, however, the division is so competitive that Saginaw is pretty high in the Western Conference at fourth overall.

Part of Lennox's success this season came early in the year when the Ottawa-native goaltender posted a six-game winning streak from November 6 - 26, 2022. In that span, Lennox turned aside 156 of 168 shots faced. Lennox was named the OHLs goaltender of the week for the week that ended on Nov. 7th and received the honors again more recently for the week that ended on February 20th.

Lennox is in his fourth season with the Spirit. Over the last four years, the goaltender that stands at 6'4" and 196 lbs accrued a 56-45-4-3 record in 116 games. In Spirit franchise history, Lennox ranks fifth with the most wins in net in Saginaw franchise history.

Lennox has had success on the international level, too, playing for Team Canada White at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, as well as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he and Canada captured the silver medal during the 2019-20 season.

The Islanders are pretty secure in net for the long-term with Ilya Sorokin's claws firmly dug into the Islanders' crease. However, Lennox is a solid goaltending prospect in the Islanders' pipeline who has the ability to grow into an NHL starter. It's likely he'll make his way to the professional level next season either with the Bridgeport Islanders or Worcester Railers. He'll be in competition for starts with the likes of Jakub Skarek and Henrik Tikkanen.