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SHL Roundup: Sharks sign two more Swedes

Tim Heed of Skellefteå AIK shoots the puck during Game 4 of their SM-slutspel semifinal series against the Växjö Lakers. (Source: Jonas Ljungdahl / Bildbyrån)

It was confirmed late-Friday, after our initial report on May 12, that Tim Heed has officially signed with the San Jose Sharks. According to General Fanager, the two-way deal is for one-year at $775,000, including a $100,000 signing bonus.

The 25-year-old Swede was one of the most offensively-gifted defensemen in the Swedish Hockey League over the past two seasons, leading the SHL in scoring by defensemen in the 2014-15 campaign.

Heed will likely replace Matt Tennyson in the depth chart for next season. Depending on what the Sharks do with defensemen Roman Polák and Brenden Dillon will be among several significant factors for Heed’s chances of cracking the Sharks roster off the bat.

Last week, Pucknology posted a full analysis on Tim Heed, which you can read here.

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In other Swedish signing news, the Sharks also signed left wing Marcus Sörensen from Djurgårdens IF on May 13. He had originally been rumored to be signing with the Sharks, along with teammate “Teal Steel” Mantas Armalis, way back on March 30. While the Armalis signing was eventually made official a couple of weeks later, there had been little to report on Sörensen since that time.

The 24-year-old finished tied for 23rd in SHL scoring with 34 points (15g, 19a) in 47 regular season games, along with a goal and five assists in eight playoff games. Like Heed, he was a 2010 NHL draft pick, though unlike Heed, he never signed with the Ottawa Senators after they selected him in the 4th round (106th overall).

Sörensen has absolutely blazing speed and a big-time motor. He was often-able to get in behind SHL defensemen before they knew what hit them. His hands are decent but the key with Sörensen is that he has the ability to handle the puck and make plays in high-speed situations. He confidently uses his backhand shot. One thing that he could improve on is his finishing ability, compared to the number of chances he creates for himself. It is also noteworthy that Sörensen has “Joonas Donskoi-like” skill in the shootout.

Usually in each training camp, there is one player who seems to come “out of nowhere” in the eyes of most fans and Sörensen has to be a favorite to do so this September, especially with many prospects turning pro next season that the masses are more familiar with.

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Right wing Petter Emanuelsson, who played with the San Jose Barracuda last season, officially signed Wednesday with Luleå HF of the SHL. It is a move likely motivated between being one of many odd-men out in the Sharks system for next season, combined with the potential to play with his younger brother Einar, who is a top forward in Luleå’s junior program.

Emanuelsson showed some playmaking ability with the Barracuda this season after missing nearly the entire 2014-15 season with a shoulder injury. Unfortunately, his hard work on the forecheck often led to receiving big hits by defenders and further injuries.

The Sharks can retain Emanuelsson’s rights through the end of the 2018-19 season if they submit a qualifying offer before June 30.

 

About Kevin Lacy

Kevin Lacy primarily covers the American Hockey League and prospects for Pucknology and is a featured contributor on Pucknology Writers Room. He is a former RTVF/Journalism major from San José State University. He has been a Sharks fan since 1994 and is often recognized at hockey games for wearing his patented turtleneck. He not only follows the NHL, but various European leagues as well, including the NLA, SHL, Liiga, and the DEL.

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