SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Forward Ivan Chekhovich (@Chekhovich_Ivan) to a standard, entry-level contract, to start in the 2018-19 season.
"Ivan had another productive season in juniors and took his game to a whole new level when he joined the Barracuda this season," said Wilson. "He has proven in his short stint of professional hockey that he can keep up with the pace and physicality and, with help from Scout Gilles Cote, has already become a difference maker in the Barracuda's improbable run to the Calder Cup Playoffs. His offensive instincts and creativity make him a dangerous player in the opposing team's end and we look forward to seeing him develop with our organization."
Chekhovich, 19, in his second professional season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of theQuebec Major Junior Hockey League, was second on the team in goals (29), power-play goals (12) and shots on goal (209), tied for second in game-winning goals (4), third in points (60), and fifth in assists (31). In five playoff games this season, Chekhovich was tied for the team lead in goals (3) and tied for second in points (4). He paced Drakkar in the second season with 26 shots on goal.
Chekhovich joined the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate, late in the season on an AHL ATO. In six games with the Barracuda, he registered three goals and six assists. His nine points was tied for the team lead in those six games.
In 125 career QMJHL games with Baie-Comeau, Chekhovich has tallied 55 goals, 64 assists, 119 points, and 42 penalty minutes.
The five-foot-ten, 185-pound native of Yekaterinburg, Russia was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (212th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.