A new prospect in the San Jose Sharks organization has joined their AHL affiliate but isn’t yet on an NHL contract. Defenseman Arvid Henrikson will suit up with the San Jose Barracuda for the rest of the season on an amateur tryout.
Henrikson was drafted quite some time ago, as the 25-year-old was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He’s stayed on the Habs’ reserve list since then, but the hulking defenseman’s signing rights were transferred to the Sharks as part of the three-team Nick Bonino trade at the deadline two weeks ago.
Henrikson’s stint with the Barracuda is likely his last shot at getting an NHL contract, and it’s unlikely he will convert on his ATO if his college career is any indication. While strictly a defensive defenseman, Henrikson still put up next to no offense in four seasons at Lake Superior State University, recording just a goal and eight assists in 132 games.
Regardless, it’s a chance for San Jose to see what they have in Henrikson, who could at least serve as a reliable defensive stopgap in the minors. If he can’t land an AHL or NHL contract with the Barracuda or Sharks as a result of the tryout, though, Henrikson could head back to Europe after spending the last five seasons in North America.