San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Devin Setoguchi and defenseman Dan Spang to NHL contracts. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Setoguchi has spent the last three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League. This season, the Taber, Alberta native posted 83 points (36-47=83) in 65 games, which ranked him seventh overall in the WHL. In 8 playoff games with Saskatoon, Setoguchi has posted 10 points (8-2=10), which place him second among all WHL playoff scorers and T-first in goals.
During the week of Nov. 7-13, Setoguchi was named the WHL Player of the Week. Just a month later, the assistant captain posted a 12-game point streak.
Setoguchi was one of the final 34 players in camp for Team Canada for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Tournament and was also selected to represent Team Canada this year in the Canadian Hockey League-Russian challenge.
The 185-pound, six-foot right wing was selected by San Jose in the first round (8th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Spang had a breakout senior season for Boston University, leading all Hockey East defensemen and finishing T-18th among all Hockey East skaters with 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 40 games. He finished T-fourth on his team in scoring and helped lead BU to the Hockey East Championship, a 2-1 overtime win against Boston College. The team was defeated in the NCAA Regional Finals by Boston College on March 25.
For his efforts, Spang was selected as a First Team All-American, Hockey East First Team All-Star, was runner-up for the league’s Best Defensive Defenseman and earned spots on the Hockey East All-Tournament Team and the Division I All-New England Team.
He did not miss a game since the end of his rookie season, playing in the final 124-straight contests for BU.
The 210-pound, six-foot defenseman was selected by San Jose in the second round (52nd overall) of the NHL Entry Draft. In four games with the Cleveland Barons this season, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, Spang has posted four penalty minutes.