SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Kyle Wood (@KyleWood_3) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Adam Helewka (@AHelewka13).
Wood has spent the past two seasons with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League, where he posted 62 points (17 goals, 45 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 117 games.
"Kyle possesses a rare combination of size and skill on the blueline and we're excited to add him to our organization," said Wilson. "He was an AHL All-Star in his first professional season and we think his game will continue to evolve."
In his first full AHL season in 2016-17, the six-foot-five, 235-pound blueliner recorded 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) and was selected to the AHL Rookie Team and to the AHL All-Star Game, where he won the hardest-shot competition. He led Tucson in power-play goals and led team defensemen in points, finishing third amongst all AHL rookie defensemen in points, tied for first in goals, and fourth in assists.
Wood, 22, was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Arizona on Feb. 29, 2016 from Colorado along with Connor Bleackley and Alex Tanguay in exchange for Mikkel Boedker.
Helewka, spent the majority of the last two seasons with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL), including last season where he scored 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) in 63 games.
In 121 career games with the Barracuda, he posted 67 points (23 goals, 44 assists).
The six-foot-two, 200-pound native of Burnaby, British Columbia, was drafted by San Jose in the 2015 NHL Draft (fourth round, 106th overall).