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Sharks sign five players

Tuesday, 06.01.2010 / 2:45 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday the team has signed defenseman Taylor Doherty, center Marek Viedensky, goaltender Harri Sateri, center Tommy Wingels and unrestricted free agent goaltender Carter Hutton.

Doherty, 19, recently completed his third season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound defenseman served as an alternate captain with Kingston and posted 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists), placing him first among all Kingston blueliners in each category. He finished third amongst all OHL defensemen in goals and was 15th in points. His 114 penalty minutes were second on the team

The native of Cambridge, Ontario was selected by San Jose in the second round, No. 57, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Viedensky, 19, split the season between Prince George and Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League. With 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists) in 61 games, he finished tied for fourth on Saskatoon in points, fifth in goals and tied for third in assists. He also posted 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) in 10 playoff games with the Blades and was named the team's Playoff MVP.

Viedensky also represented Slovakia and the Under-20 World Junior Championships, finishing with 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in six games. The Handlova, Slovakia native was selected by San Jose in the seventh round, No. 189, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Sateri, 20, played in 49 games with Tappara in the Finnish Elite League, posting a 2.73 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He also helped Tappara advance to the second round of the playoffs. Sateri was selected by San Jose in the fourth round, No. 106, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Hutton finished his senior year at UMass-Lowell in 2009-10, playing in 27 games and posting a 2.04 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage, along with a 13-12-2 record and 4 shutouts. He finished fourth among all NCAA goaltenders in goals-against average and his save percentage was third in the nation among goaltenders who played at least 33-percent of their team's minutes. He won the Bauer Goaltending Champion Award for the best combined goalie stats in Hockey East, as well as being named to the Hockey East Second Team All-Stars.

A 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Hutton completed his four-year career with the River Hawks with a 34-41-10 record, 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage, including 10 shutouts in 85 games. He is the school's all-time leader in GAA (2.33), shutouts (10) and tied for the all-time lead in save percentage (.913).

Wingels, 22, was the Sharks' sixth-round pick (No. 177) in 2008. He spent the last three seasons with Miami University, amassing 43 goals and 99 points in 127 games played. He helped Miami to consecutive Frozen Four appearances in the last two seasons, including the championship game in 2008-09.

This season, Wingels was named captain and finished second on the team in goals (17), fourth in points (43) and second in game-winning goals (5). His 43 points were tied for 33rd among all NCAA scorers. Following the season, he was named to the 2009-10 CCHA All-Conference Second Team and named CCHA’s “Best Defensive Forward”.

Hutton was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers in late March after he signed an amateur tryout agreement with Adirondack of the American Hockey League. He appeared in four games with Adirondack, posting a 1-2-1 record and a 2.71 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Three other players, defenseman Julien Demers (2008, fifth round), Samuel Groulx (2008, fourth round) and Patrick Zakrisson (2007, fifth round) were not signed to contracts and are eligible to re-enter the NHL Entry Draft, which will be held on June 25-26 in Los Angeles.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1