Sep 16, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson (80) is defended by Vancouver Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier (44) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The San Jose Sharks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Tennyson will remain a Shark


The San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced Thursday that the franchise has re-signed forward Matt Tennyson to a two-year contract.

Playing 54 games with San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, Tennyson recorded 21 points including seven goals and 14 assists. He ranked first among defensemen in goals, second in points and third in assists.

“Matt is a young, puck-moving defenseman with the vision to create offense from the back end,” said Wilson. “We are excited to watch him progress as we continue the process of committing to the younger players in our organization.”

As the rebuilding continues, Tennyson has a chance over the next two years to show off his skill set and make an impact to gain a spot on the Sharks roster on a more regular basis.

“First and foremost I have to make the team out of camp” – Matt Tennyson

Tennyson is excited to be one of the young players to remain with the club.  “I think all the young guys are definitely ready to make an impact,” said Tennyson.. “I think there is already a solid core of guys there that we can make a lot of strides. I think you have to take everything in stride. First and foremost I have to make the team out of camp and obviously this summer is a big summer for me with players coming in ready to go and ready to make the team.”

It’s great that Tennyson is determined to try and make the team right out of camp. He has the skills to do this, however the franchise has an allotment of great youth between San Jose and Worcester and it will be harder than ever to try and prove he deserves a spot on the roster.

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