Sharks Sign Alex Schoenborn
Yesterday the Sharks made a pair of signing to bolster their prospect pool as they signed 2014 3rd round pick (72nd overall) Alex Schoenborn to an entry level deal worth $925 K in the NHL according to General Fanager. By signing this contract Schoenborn is eligible to play for the AHL San Jose Barracuda as well or the ECHL Allen Americans should his current team the WHL’s Portland Winter Hawks be eliminated from the playoffs. The American-born Schoenborn is known for his gritty play racking up 121 PIM’s in his draft year, although he has since found more discipline in his game in the following seasons. I think a ceiling for this player is a bottom sixth depth forward who should be able to contribute offensively however I don’t think his current totals of 27 goals and 26 assists will translate to the professional game. I would expect to see Schoenborn being a part of the Barracuda at the start of the 2016-17 season. Of the players selected by the Sharks in the 2014 draft, only 3 remain unsigned with Dylan Sadowy being the most likely to be signed next.
Hockey’s Future said the following about Schoenborn in their Talent Analysis:
“Schoenborn is a gritty right wing who plays a hard game and is willing to all the little jobs necessary to help his team win. He plays with a combination of chippiness and offensive skill, using his size to compete in front of the net and in the tough areas.”
Sharks Sign Jamie Murray
The Sharks have also signed free agent undrafted American-born goalie Jamie Murray to an entry level contract according to BabsonAthletics.com. Murray has put up some pretty solid numbers over his 4-year stay at Babson college who plays in Division Three of the NCAA. While division three players rarely make the NHL this could be a solid move for the Sharks organizational depth in goaltending. In his time at Babson College Murray accumulated a record of 62-20-9 over 91 career starts with a GAA of 1.69 and a .940 SV% and 16 shutouts.
Murray has joined the ECHL Allen Americans where he may allow current starter Joe Rumpel to make a push for a permanent spot on the AHL Barracuda’s roster going into next season. I think that the NHL is probably a long shot for Murray he could be very effective for the Kelly Cup-winning Americans and could threaten for a spot on the Barracuda going forward. Murray has also previously attended training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning.