The San Jose Sharks have signed their recent second-round pick, Artemi Kniazev, to a three-year entry-level contract. Kniazev played last season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL after coming over from Russia. GM Doug Wilson released a statement on his newest prospect:
Artemi had a great camp with us this summer, where he continued to show his poise with the puck, intelligence, and high-end skating and edge work. We are excited for him to go back to his QMJHL team and have a big season with them. Chicoutimi is a contender for the championship under head coach Yanick Jean, and we expect Artemi to be a big part of the team’s success.
The team has also signed Zachary Gallant to a three-year entry-level contract, after his negotiating rights with the Detroit Red Wings expired earlier this summer. Gallant was picked 83rd overall by the Red Wings in 2017 and has played the last two seasons in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes. Even though he’s now 20, Wilson indicated that Gallant will be going back to captain the Petes this season as an over-age player.
Nikolai Knyzhov has also inked a three-year entry-level deal with the Sharks, joining their organization after a junior career in Russia. Knyzhov went undrafted but suited up for Russia at the 2018 World Junior Championship. The 6’2″ defenseman is already 21 and expected to be coming over to North America next season.
Last but not least, the team announced a one-year contract for free agent forward Jonny Brodzinski, who had qualified for Group VI unrestricted free agency after failing to reach 80 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings. Brodzinski, 26, was a fifth-round pick of the Kings back in 2013 and has 11 points in 56 career NHL contests. Armed with a powerful shot he has been a dynamic goal scorer in the minor leagues, and will likely serve that purpose for the San Jose organization as well.