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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
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10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
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12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
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J. Thornton 32 8 20 3 28
J. Pavelski 32 15 12 4 27
L. Couture 32 12 15 4 27
P. Marleau 32 7 20 -2 27
B. Burns 32 9 15 -3 24
T. Wingels 32 9 13 1 22
T. Hertl 32 7 7 -2 14
J. Braun 32 1 11 8 12
M. Nieto 26 3 6 0 9
J. Sheppard 26 3 6 -1 9
 
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