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Sharks Sign Forward Melker Karlsson

Friday, 05.30.2014 / 1:03 PM / News
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Sharks Sign Forward Melker Karlsson
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has signed forward Melker Karlsson to a one-year contract.
Photo Credit: skellefteaaik.se by Bert Söderström

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Melker Karlsson to a one-year contract.

Karlsson, 23, recorded 25 points (9-16=25) and 14 penalty minutes in 48 games with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2013-14. He finished the season ranked T-7th on the team in points, 3rd in faceoff percentage (52.8%), T-5th in assists and 8th in goals as Skelleftea AIK finished with the best regular-season record in the league (111 points) for the second straight season. Karlsson registered 12 points (4-8=12) in 14 playoff games, ranking 6th in the SHL in playoff scoring, 4th in plus/minus (plus-9) and 3rd amongst league forwards in blocked shots(16) as Skelleftea AIK won its second consecutive SHL Championship.

The six-foot-one, 181-pound forward posted career highs in points (28), goals (13) and plus/minus (plus-20) in 2012-13, and has reached the SHL Final with Skelleftea AIK in each of the past four seasons (2011-2014), helping the team win the last two championships (2013, 2014). In 216 career SHL games, all with Skelleftea AIK, Karlsson has tallied 66 points (31-35=66) and 46 penalty minutes. The native of Lycksele, Sweden, has posted 32 points (9-23=32) in 71 career playoff games. Karlsson has played with fellow Sharks prospect Petter Emanuelsson at Skelleftea AIK for parts of the last five seasons (2009-10 thru 2013-14).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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