Sharks News Flash: Assistant GM Extended, Melker Karlsson Signed

The San Jose Sharks’ offseason buzz dying down just a bit, but the team is still making moves, however small or trivial.

Assistant GM Joe Will was given a contract extension, the Sharks announced Wednesday. Will has been with the franchise since its inception in 1990, and served as the Director of Hockey Operations from 2004-2011. As assistant GM, he plays an important role in scouting and fiscal matters.

“Joe is an invaluable member of our hockey department,” said GM Wilson in a press release. “We are extremely pleased that he has committed himself to staying and working in San Jose, despite being approached with several opportunities by other NHL clubs. We’re fortunate to have him in our organization.”

The Sharks also made a signing this week, inking forward Melker Karlsson to a one-year contract on Friday. Karlsson played in the Swedish Hockey League last season for Skelleftea AIK, recording 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) in 48 games. He has spent seven seasons in professional hockey overseas.

Elite’s Prospect’s scouting report of Karlsson says the following about the 23-year-old:

A hard working forward, Karlsson can play any position up front. Not the best skater, but isn’t afraid to go hard to the net. Tough to play against. Decent hands. Could use more bulk.

Karlsson is 6′ 1″ and 181 pounds. There’s not a whole lot known about him, but perhaps he will make an impact with the Sharks one day.

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