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Sharks Elect To Retain Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks GM Doug Wilson Announces 19-Year Old Defenseman Will Stay in San Jose
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will remain in San Jose this season.
Vlasic has played in all eight of the Sharks games this season, averaging just under twenty minutes per game (19:59), bettered on the team only by Scott Hannan (21:27) and Kyle McLaren (20:53).  He made his NHL debut on Oct. 5 vs. St. Louis and has not yet posted his first NHL point.
Vlasic spent the last three seasons with the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he was coached by legendary NHL goaltender Patrick Roy.  Last season as an alternate captain, he was fourth in scoring among all QMJHL defensemen, eighth overall among all skaters, with 73 points, including 57 assists.  He also finished the season plus-41 in 66 games.
In the post-season, Vlasic led all QMJHL defensemen in scoring and was fifth overall with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 23 games.  His 24 assists were second among all QMJHL skaters and first among all QMJHL defensemen.  In helping lead his team to a Memorial Cup Championship, he finished tied-for-third in scoring among defensemen with three assists in four Memorial Cup games and led all players with a plus-seven.  In the championship game, he assisted on two goals, including the game-winner.
The 195-pound, six-foot-one defenseman was one of the final 34 players in Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Tournament.
The Montreal native was originally selected by San Jose in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (35th overall).
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