San Jose Sharks Sign Free-Agent Forward

San Jose Sharks have announced they have signed veteran forward Evgeny Svechnikov to a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-3 winger was originally a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings back in 2015. Svechnikov spent last season appearing in 72 games with the Winnipeg Jets, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists.

'Svech' isn't afraid to use his body to help his team either, as he finished last season with 104 hits and blocked 22 shots. His offensive production from 2021-22 was all career highs. Per the Sharks:

Over the course of his professional career, Svechnikov has appeared in 113 NHL games, recording 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) with Winnipeg and the Detroit Red Wings. He has also skated in 186 American Hockey League (AHL) games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, registering 101 points (39 goals, 62 assists). In the 2017 AHL playoffs, he helped Grand Rapids capture the Calder Cup, where he scored 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 19 postseason games.

Prior to his professional career, he played two seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), collecting 157 points (64 goals, 93 assists) in 105 games. In the 2014-15 season, he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team and appeared in the CHL Top Prospects Game. He also appeared in three games in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Ak Bars Kazan. Internationally, he has represented Russia at the World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2016.

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