SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Kyle Wood (@KyleWood_3) to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Kyle's game as a reliable defenseman with offensive prowess has continued to progress since we acquired him last summer" said Wilson. "He has proven to be a good skater and possesses a rare combination of size and skill on the blueline. We are excited to have him continue to contribute to our organization."
Wood, 23, played in 68 games for the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the Sharks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, during the 2018-19 season, registering 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) and a plus-16 rating. He was tied for first in plus/minus rating, his 29 assists were tied for third, and he was ranked tied for fifth in points amongst all Barracuda skaters. Amongst fellow blueliners, Wood was second in both points and assists. He played in all four of the Barracuda's 2019 Calder Cup Playoff games, tallying one assist.
Prior to becoming a member of the Barracuda, Wood spent two seasons with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, where he posted 62 points (17 goals, 45 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 117 games.
In his first full AHL season in 2016-17, he recorded 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) and was selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team and to the AHL All-Star Game, where he won the hardest-shot competition. He led Tucson in power-play goals and all team defensemen in points, finishing third amongst all AHL rookie defensemen in points, tied for first in goals and fourth in assists.
The six-foot-five, 235-pound blueliner was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was acquired by San Jose from Arizona on June 14, 2018.