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SHARKS RE-SIGN FORWARD RYAN CARPENTER
SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed pending unrestricted forward Ryan Carpenter (@CarpyDeuces) to a two-year contract.
"Ryan's leadership throughout the 2016-17 season and into the Western Conference Final was an integral part of the Barracuda's success," said Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "His outstanding play in the playoffs is a testament to his ability to perform in big games, and his offensive abilities are an asset to the San Jose Sharks."
Carpenter, 26, recorded 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) with a plus-17 rating and 145 shots on goal in 54 games during the 2016-17 season with the San Jose Barracuda. He finished 6th in both points and assists on the Barracuda, T-8th in goals, 1st in shorthanded assists and 5th in shots on goal. Carpenter played in all 15 of the Barracuda's 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs games, and finished 1st on the team in goals (9), assists (8) and points, and tied for 1st in plus/minus (+6). In 11 games with the San Jose Sharks this season, he scored two goals and two assists and finished with a plus-5 rating. He scored his first NHL goal on November 30, 2016 at the Los Angeles Kings.
In 206 career AHL games, all with the Worcester Sharks/San Jose Barracuda franchise, Carpenter has tallied 44 goals and 86 assists. He has a plus-42 rating, 457 shots on goal and 105 penalty minutes. During the 2015-16 AHL season, he led the Barracuda in points (55), assists (37) and plus/minus (plus-20), and was named to the 2016 AHL All-Star Game. Carpenter made his NHL debut on December 12, 2015 against Minnesota at SAP Center.
Prior to turning pro, in 100 career collegiate games with Bowling Green, Carpenter registered 79 points (37-42=79) and 51 penalty minutes, while serving as team captain his sophomore and junior seasons. In his freshman season (2011-12), he was honored with the Bowling Green Rookie of the Year Award and led the team in assists (19) and points (30).
The six-foot, 195-pound forward was born in Oviedo, Florida. He was signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 25, 2014.
SHARKS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN TIM HEED
SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Tim Heed to a two-year contract.
"Tim proved to be an integral part of the Barracuda's run to the first Western Conference Finals in franchise history, was named one of the top defensemen in the AHL and was recalled on many occasions to San Jose," said Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "His consistent play and production from the back-end are a tremendous fit with our group of defensemen ."
Heed posted 14 goals, 42 assists and a plus-14 rating in 55 games in his first season with the Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL). He finished the regular season ranked 1st amongst AHL defensemen in points per game (1.02, min. 25 GP), 4th in points (56), 3rd in assists, and T-7th in goals. His eight power-play goals ranked T-6th, while his four game-winning goals ranked T-5th, en route to being selected to the 2016-17 AHL Second All-Star Team. In 15 Calder Cup Playoffs games, Heed recorded three goals and seven assists, ranking 2nd on the Barracuda in defensemen scoring and T-3rd on the team overall in points. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 11 at Calgary.
The defenseman played in 191 career games with Skelleftea and Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He registered 21 goals, 55 assists and a plus-13 rating during the regular season, while contributing five goals and 23 assists in 53 postseason games in Sweden's top men's league. While with Skelleftea, Heed won the SHL title during the 2013-14. During the 2014-15 season, he won the Salming Trophy, the SHL's Defenseman of the Year award, after scoring the most goals of any defenseman.
The 26-year-old has represented his native country of Sweden in the Euro Hockey Tour on two separate occasions (2014 & 2015), recording a goal and plus-three rating in three games. Heed also represented his country at the junior level, tallying four goals and seven assists in 12 games for Sweden.
The six-foot, 185-pound native of Goteborg, Sweden, was originally drafted in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on May 24, 2016.
SHARKS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOAKIM RYAN
SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Joakim Ryan (@JoakimRyan) to a two-year contract.
"Joakim served as an anchor on both sides of the puck for the Barracuda this past season," said Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "He continued his stellar play in the AHL playoffs and we're very excited to see him compete for an NHL spot come training camp."
Ryan, 23, posted career highs across the board with the San Jose Barracuda in 2016-17, registering 10 goals, 39 assists, 49 points and a plus-27 rating in 65 games. He ranked 2nd amongst Barracuda defensemen in goals, assists and points, while leading all Barracuda skaters in plus/minus (T-4th in the AHL). His 185 shots on goal, also a career high, led all San Jose blueliners. In 15 Calder Cup Playoff games, Ryan led all Barracuda defensemen in goals (4), assists (7, tied) and points (11), and ranked 3rd amongst all AHL rear guards in all three categories.
In 138 career AHL games with Worcester and San Jose, Ryan has collected 79 points (12 goals, 67 assists) and a plus-34 rating. He has added 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 19 career AHL playoff games. Ryan earned his first NHL call-up with the Sharks on Feb. 6, 2017.
The former Cornell University defenseman recorded 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists) in 123 career games with the Big Red over the course of four seasons. He was named to the 2014-15 All-ECAC First Team, a finalist for the 2014-15 ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman award, 2013-14 All-Ivy League First Team, 2013-14 All-ECAC Hockey Second Team, 2012-13 All-Ivy League Second Team, and was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week during his freshman season in 2011-12. In addition, during the 2013-14 season he earned the Nicky Bawlf Award, presented to the most valuable player on Cornell's roster.
Ryan was born in the United States (Rumson, NJ), but his mother, former tennis star Catarina Lindqvist, is a native of Sweden. He was selected to represent Sweden during the 2010 World U17 Challenge and 2010 World Jr. A Challenge.
The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound blueliner was originally drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.