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This week, the Northeast Generals used a tender to sign a goaltender. Carson Limesand is an athletic netminder from the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Hockey team who is ready to take the next step into his junior hockey career. He is a natural leader who finished his high school career as a team captain. When you watch some of his past work, his ability to move with the play and crack the highlight reel is reminiscent of a Generals’ netminder who could hear his name called in the NHL Draft this month, Anton Castro.
Limesand projects as a high upside goaltender with the potential to play Division One Hockey, and some time in Attleboro is a good next step for him as he will have a chance to replicate his high school success at the next level.
From Head Coach Bryan Erikson
“Carson is a very athletic goaltender that we think will have a huge impact on the team in 2021-22. Carson comes from a very good MN High School team where he put up great numbers. This past year Carson went 12-6 with a 2.56gaa and a .912 save percentage. We look forward to him transitioning smoothly to the junior level and working with our goalie coach Steve Mastalerz.”
Given the background of Mastalerz, both on the ice as a goaltender and as a coach, the Generals have a good teacher to lead the way for Limesand and help him get to the next level. He has helped Hugo Haas, and Anton Castro find college homes, and has helped many other goaltenders develop regardless of style.
Limesand will be able to compete right away, and over time looks to get even better at reading plays to make more saves look run of the mill. His speed in net, and IQ for the game already show through, and in a year where no one is sure which players will be picked in the later rounds, there is an outside chance an NHL team could take a flyer on his development with a draft pick. He could be a high upside pickup for a team with a deep prospect pool in net, and one willing to invest time and energy in helping him get better. Division One teams and Erikson’s group already know what he can do, the NAHL will see what he can do soon, and the NAHL is a haven for developing goalies for the NHL level, regardless of draft status.
Erikson and General Manager Matt Dibble bring players to Attleboro that fit the family structure of the organization that know how to be leaders. Limesand fits that bill, and profiles as a sound netminder as well. Where he goes next is up to him, and the Northeast Generals’ organization will be completely behind him in getting him to that next step in his hockey and personal development.
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