SAN JOSE - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) proud American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and General Manager Joe Will announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Alexander True (@TheTrueAlex97) to a two-year AHL contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Alex is a player we've been tracking for a while. During both his junior career and on the international stage, he has continued to impress and his resume speaks for itself," said Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "He was a player that we strongly considered drafting in this past summer's NHL Draft, and we're excited he chose to sign with us."
True, 19, collected a career-high 40 points (25 goals, 15 assists) in 2016-17 with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and helped the Thunderbirds to a WHL Championship and a Memorial Cup appearance and was voted the teams Most Dedicated Player. During the playoff run with Seattle, True appeared in 20 postseason games and collected 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. Also in 2016-17, True captained team Denmark in the U20 World Junior Championships, totaling four points (2 goals, 2 assists), four penalty minutes and an even rating in five games played.
In his second year with the Thunderbirds in 2015-16, True dressed in 65 games and recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists), 26 penalty minutes and a minus-10 rating. In 18 playoff games for the 'Birds he tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists), six penalty minutes and a plus-four rating.
Over three seasons in the WHL, all with Seattle, True skated in 169 games and totalled 84 points (45 goals, 39 assists), 78 penalty minutes and a minus-12 rating. True also represented team Denmark in the U20 World Junior Championships the last three seasons, wearing a letter in every tournament.
A native of Kobenhavn, Denmark, the six-foot-five, 205-pound, winger's father, Soren True, was selected in the 12th round (240 overall) by the New York Rangers in the 1986 NHL Draft.
True participated in the San Jose Sharks Development Camp last week.