The San Jose Sharks have handed out a two-year contract to restricted free agent Marcus Sorensen, bringing him back after his first season in North America. No financial details have been released so far, but it’s unlikely Sorensen earns much more than the minimum salary of $650K.
Sorensen was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2010, but went unsigned by them while playing in Sweden. The 25-year old signed a one-year entry-level deal with the Sharks last year, and split the year between the NHL and AHL levels. In 19 NHL contests he registered just four points, but showed more promise for the San Jose Barracuda with 34 points in 43 games.
The winger should compete for a spot with the Sharks to begin the season, but as a waivers-exempt player could be used as a potential reinforcement instead. With the team losing some speed with the departure of Patrick Marleau, Sorensen would be a help in various situations. Whether he’s ready for an increased role is still yet to be determined.