The Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League tendered Lakeville North goaltender Ryan Edquist on Monday afternoon, the day before the 2015 NAHL draft.
The Magicians now hold the rights to Edquist if he decides to head to the NAHL next season. But, if he decides to play somewhere else in 2015-2016, the tender holds little significance. It is more or less a move for the Magicians to have Edquist’s rights before the draft tomorrow.
Despite the tender from the NAHL team, Edquist tells me his options for next year are still open.
Whether he returns to Lakeville North to play his senior season remains to be seen. The United States Hockey League is also a potential option for the University of Minnesota commit.
Before he came to Lakeville North in 2014-2015, Edquist played for Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school, playing both Bantam and U16 Midget Hockey. At Lakeville North, Edquist registered a .937 save percentage while leading the Panthers to 29 of their 31 victories in their perfect season.
In the press release on the Minnesota Magicians site, head coach Tom Upton spoke about the team’s tender of the future Golden Gopher:
We are beyond excited and proud to sign a player like Ryan to a tender for the coming season. Any time you can sign a player who is from the top high school hockey team and committed to a top college team in the state of Minnesota is a great thing. Ryan has tremendous ability and is a top notch young man. We are extremely happy to welcome him in to the Magicians family.