Two Gophers seniors sign entry-level hockey deals

Max Sanders

Gophers senior forwards Tony Lucia and Mike Carman have signed professional contracts with the NHL teams that drafted their rights. Tony Lucia signed a deal with the San Jose Sharks, who drafted the forward in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Draft. Lucia just finished a four-year career at Minnesota, where he tallied 82 points coming from 34 goals and 48 assists in 160 games. The senior saved his best collegiate season for his last, where he tied also-departed Jordan Schroeder for the team lead in points, with 28. Mike Carman signed an entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche, who drafted the forward in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft. Carman was immediately assigned to the Avalanche AHL-affiliate, the Lake Eerie Monsters. Carman wrapped up his four year Gophers career with 66 points coming from 29 goals and 37 assists in 135 career games. The forward had 18 points in his senior season.