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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Dylan Gambrell (@D_Gambrell7) to a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Dylan had success at the AHL level with the Barracuda this past season, helping to lead the league's youngest team to another Calder Cup Playoff berth," said Wilson. "He has continued to show us growth in all areas of his game, and, with his goal in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, has proven he can handle the pressure of the NHL. We look forward to his continued development, and the impact he will have on the Sharks."
Gambrell, 22, played most of the 2018-19 season with the Sharks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) where he registered 20 goals, 25 assists, 147 shots and a plus-seven rating in 51 games. He was second on the team in goals and shots, fourth in points (45), and fifth in assists. In four Calder Cup Playoff games with the Barracuda, Gambrell was tied-for-first with four points and three assists. Gambrell played eight games with the Sharks in 2018-19, registering a plus-one rating. He scored one goal, his first career NHL goal, in two 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff games, becoming just the second player (Marcel Goc in 2004) in Sharks franchise history to score his first NHL goal in the playoffs. Gambrell made his NHL debut on April 3, 2018 versus Dallas.
During the 2017-18 season as a junior at University of Denver, he was named as a 2018 Hobey Baker nominee, which is awarded to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's ice hockey player. He was tied for first on the Pioneers in rating (+18), second in assists (29), third in points (42) and shots (127), and tied for third in goals (13). Amongst all National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) skaters, he ranked second in assists and tied for fourth in points, rating, and shots. For the second year in a row, he was added to the NCAA Second All-Star Team (16-17, 17-18). He was also named as a finalist for NCHC Three Stars Award and was selected as the Bauer NCHC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of January 8, 2018.
During his sophomore year, Gambrell helped lead the University of Denver Pioneers to the 2017 NCAA championship title. And as a freshman at University of Denver, he was named to the NCAA All-Rookie team.
Gambrell was also a Clark Cup Champion as a rookie with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL in 2012-13. In that season, Gambrell was tied for the lead in points (27), and second in goals (9) and assists (18) amongst Fighting Saints rookies.
The six-foot, 195-pound native of Bonny Lake, Washington, was drafted by San Jose in the second round (60th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.