Canadiens sign NCAA goaltender Charlie Lindgren

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with free-agent goaltender Charlie Lindgren of the St. Cloud State Huskies on a two-year, two-way contract.

General manager Marc Bergevin said that Lindgren will complete the season with the Canadiens.

“Lindgren was, in our mind, the best free-agent goaltender available coming out of the U.S. college level,” Bergevin said Wednesday in a release. “Lindgren is a top goaltender coming out of college and becomes an excellent prospect for our organization, bringing some depth at this position.”

The 22-year-old Lindgren went 30-9-1 with St. Cloud this season. He led NCAA goalies in wins (30), saves (1,020) and tied with two others in shutouts with five. He was second in the NCAA in minutes played (2,343), third in save percentage (.925) and fourth in goals-against average (2.13).

The six-foot-two 190-pound native of Lakeville, Minn. had a 51-29-2 record in 88 regular season games over three seasons with a 2.21 GAA and .921 save percentage.