The Detroit Red Wings have signed ECHL goaltender John Lethemon to a one-year contract.
The deal holds an AAV of $750,000 and will run through the end of the 2022-23 season. Lethemon, a 6-foot-3 goaltender, has never signed an NHL contract before.
Lethemon was one of the best goaltenders in the ECHL with a 16-1-3 record in 24 games. He has four shutouts, all of which have come in his last eight starts while spinning with top prospect Sebastian Cossa every night.
Lethemon previously served as a starter for Michigan State University from 2016-20 before joining the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits for 2020-21. He spent two years there before moving to Toledo, and also went 2-0 in his only two AHL games with Ontario.
The 26-year-old becomes the sixth goalie under contract with the Red Wings, joining Ville Husso, Magnus Hellberg, Alex Nedeljkovic, Victor Brattstrom and Cossa. While he’s unlikely to play in the NHL anytime soon, his presence gives the Red Wings added depth in the streak, which many teams have been addressing in recent days.
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