SAN JOSE, Calif. --
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group II restricted free agent Center Joe Pavelski
to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Joe has shown that he can play at a high level at both ends of the rink for our team,” said Wilson. “Having come from a winning background, he has become an important part of our team and will continue to be moving forward.”
The 23-year-old Pavelski set career highs in goals (19), assists (21) and points (40) in 2007-08. In addition to his offensive numbers, he finished tied for 12th among NHL forwards in blocked shots (59). He also holds the franchise record with ten shootout goals in 14 opportunities, including converting seven out of 11 chances during the 2007-08 season.
During the postseason, he was tied for the team lead in goals with Ryane Clowe
(five) and tied for second with Clowe in points (5-4=9). Pavelski also led San Jose with three game-winning goals during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which tied for third most in the League.
In 2006-07, Pavelski finished 12th in goals (14), T-7th in game-winning goals (three), T-8th in power play goals (five) and 13th in points (28) among all NHL rookies. In 46 games with the Sharks, Pavelski recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) and 18 penalty minutes.
The five-foot-eleven, 195-pound native of Plover, Wisconsin was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.