Sharks Sign Four to Entry-Level Contracts
Sharks Sign Four to Entry-Level Contracts
Tuesday, Apr. 2nd, 2013
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Chris Crane, Matt Nieto, Daniil Tarasov and Chris Tierney to entry-level contracts.
The 21-year old Crane recently completed his junior season at Ohio State University, posting nine points (6-3-9) and 69 penalty minutes in 38 games played.
"Chris has done a great job, under the tutelage of Head Coach Mark Osiecki, in preparing himself for this next stage of his career," said Wilson.
During his 2011-12 sophomore campaign, Crane registered 24 points (14-10-24) and 30 penalty minutes in 35 games played. He led Ohio State in goals (14) and was tied for first in points (24), sharing the team's Leading Scorer Award. Amongst all CCHA players, Crane ranked tied for eighth in power play goals (6) and tied for 12th in total goals scored (14).
Crane is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, an Academic All-Big Ten choice, and recipient of the 2011-12 Perani Cup, an award given to the player who earns the most three-star honors on his team during conference play.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Westchester, Ohio was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
The 20-year-old Nieto recently completed his junior season at Boston University, posting 37 points (18-19-37) in 39 games played. He led his team in goals (18), was 2nd on his team in points (37), ranked 25th in the nation in goals per game (0.46 G/GP) and finished 39th in the nation in points per game (0.95 PTS/GP). Nieto was recognized as a Hockey East Top Performer five times this season.
"Matt has had an excellent collegiate career and he has had the privilege of playing for Jack Parker, Mike Bavis and Buddy Powers, who have immeasurably contributed to his on-ice success," said Wilson. "We are excited to bring him formally into the Sharks family and help him continue his progression as a hockey player."
As a sophomore, Nieto recorded 42 points (16-26-42) in 37 games played. He was tied for 2nd on the team in goals (16), 2nd on the team in points (42) and was ranked 26th in the nation in points per games played (1.14 PTS/GP). Along with being named an Honorable Mention All-Star by Hockey East, Nieto was a runner-up for Hockey East Player of the Month in October, runner up for INCH National Player of the Week on Nov. 11 and was recognized as a Hockey East Top Performer seven times.
In 115 career games with Boston University, Nieto registered 44 goals, 58 assists and 102 points. He was named a Hockey East Top Performer a total of 16 times.
Before attending Boston University, Nieto was a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team that claimed consecutive titles at the World Under-18 Championships in 2009 and 2010.
The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound native of Long Beach, California was drafted by San Jose in the second round (47th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Tarasov, 21, has split the 2012-13 season between Worcester (AHL) and San Francisco (ECHL). He is tied for eighth on Worcester with 21 points (9-12=21) in just 32 games played. With San Francisco, he has appeared in 17 games and posted 14 points (3-11=14).
"Daniil has had a very strong season and has earned this contract on merit," said Wilson. "We also want to acknowledge the work of Worcester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer and Associate Coach David Cunniff, and San Francisco Bulls Head Coach Pat Curcio, for their contributions to Daniil's development.
Signed to an American Hockey League deal with Worcester on June 1, 2012, Tarasov spent three seasons in the USHL, his last two with Indiana. Over those two seasons, he totaled 163 points (84-79=163) in 117 games played.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Moscow, Russia was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Tierney, 18, finished fifth on the London Knights (OHL) with 57 points (18-39=57) and ranked fourth on the team in assists in 68 games played. He is part of a Knights team that boasted an OHL best 50-13-2-3 record and has advanced to the second round of the OHL playoffs. In four OHL playoff games, Tierney has six points (one goal, five assists).
"Chris has played an important role on a very talented team in London," said Wilson. "The Hunter brothers have done a phenomenal job working with Chris and we are excited to help him take the next step in his career."
In three seasons with London, Tierney has appeared in 180 regular season games posting 102 points (32-70=102).
The six-foot, 190-pound native of Keswick, Ontario was selected by San Jose in the second round (55th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
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