Sharks Sign Prospects Vlasic, Greiss and Macho
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today the signing of the following prospects: Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, goaltender Thomas Greiss and center Michal Macho. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Vlasic, a six-foot-one, 190-pound defenseman, recently helped lead the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior League to a Memorial Cup Championship, finishing with a tournament leading +7 plus/minus rating and tied for third in scoring among defenseman with three assists in four games. He assisted on two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the Championship game.
The Montreal, Quebec native completed the regular season ranked second on the Remparts in scoring among defensemen with 73 points (16 goals, 57 assists) and eighth on the squad overall. Serving as assistant captain, he ranked third on the team in plus-minus with a plus-41 player rating and finished fourth in the league (QMJHL) in scoring among defensemen.
Drafted by San Jose in 2005 (2nd round, 35th overall), his strong play garnered an invitation for Team Canada for the 2006 IIHF World Jr. Tournament, where he was among the final 34 players in camp.
In the QMHJL playoffs, Vlasic led the League in points among defensemen and finished fifth overall with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 23 games. Vlasic’s 24 assists in the playoffs ranked second in the QMJHL and first among defensemen while his three game-winning goals tied for second-most in the League.
A native of Koln, Germany, Greiss (pronounced GRYCE) finished third in the DEL (German) league in save percentage (.926) and ranked sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.46). The top goaltender for the Koln Sharks, the six-foot-one, 190-pound netminder appeared in 27 of the team’s 49 games, logging 1,560 minutes.
Drafted by San Jose in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 94th overall), Greiss was selected to represent Germany in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, joining fellow countrymen and current San Jose Sharks Marcel Goc and Christian Ehrhoff. Greiss played one game for Team Germany on Feb. 16 in a 5-1 defeat by Team Canada.
Macho, who has spent the last four seasons with the HC Slovan in the Slovakia League, notched 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 49 games last season while posting a plus-10 rating. He ranked fifth on the team in goals and eighth on the team in points. In addition, Macho tied the team lead for game-winning goals with four.
In 2004-05, the six-foot-one, 175-pound center posted a career-high 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 44 games. The 24-year old Martin, Slovakia native, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, 183rd overall.
OTHER ROSTER MOVES
Wilson also announced that goaltenders Jason Churchill of Saint John (QMJHL) (2003, 4th round, 129th overall) and Brian Mahoney-Wilson of Lincoln (USHL) (2004, 9th round, 288th overall) were not signed and will re-enter the NHL Entry Draft.
Defenseman Tero Maatta (Espoo, Finland) (2000, 2nd round 41st overall) has become a free agent.
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