Former Shark Re-Joins Organization In Exchange For A Third Round Draft Selection
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired forward Alexander Korolyuk from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a third round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Korolyuk has spent the past three seasons playing primarily for Chekhov Vityaz in the Russian Elite League, where he has posted 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 39 games this season.
“We are very excited to have Alex rejoin our organization and we look forward to him integrating quickly into our line-up,” said Wilson. “He brings an added element to our team that has been very effective in the past. Alex knows our style of play and we expect him to be a natural fit.”
Last year in 45 games with Chekhov, he notched 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) along with 80 penalty minutes. He also represented Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, picking up two points (one goal, one assist) in six tournament games.
In 2004-05, Korolyuk played in 42 games with Chekhov, adding 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) and a +10 rating. He also spent 10 games with Voskresensk Khimik, posting seven points (four goals, three assists).
Korolyuk last played in the NHL with the Sharks in 2003-04 when he scored 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 63 games. He also registered a +20 rating, third-best on the team that season. In 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he added seven points (five goals, two assists) as the team’s fifth-leading scorer, helping the Sharks advance to the Western Conference Finals.
In 296 career NHL games, all with San Jose, Korolyuk has posted 142 points (62 goals, 80 assists), which ranks him 14th on the Sharks all-time franchise scoring list, along with 140 penalty minutes and a +26 rating.
Korolyuk was originally selected by San Jose in the sixth round (141st overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.