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Sharks Acquire Second Round Pick In Exchange For Ekman And Ehelechner

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for left wing Nils Ekman and goaltending prospect Patrick Ehelechner.

Ekman finished fourth on the Sharks in scoring last season and set career-highs in points (57) and assists (38) in 77 games. Originally a draft pick of the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (5th round, 107th overall), Ekman was acquired by the San Jose on Aug. 12, 2003 from the New York Rangers in exchange for Chad Wiseman. In 230 career NHL games, Ekman has posted 136 points (54 goals, 82 assists).

Ehelechner, selected by San Jose in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (5th round, 139th overall), has spent the last three seasons split between the Duisburg Foxes of the DEL (German Hockey League) and the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Last season in Duisburg, Ehelechner posted a 3.68 GAA and a 0.897 save percentage in 27 games.

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