SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed center Joel Kellman (SHELL-mehn) to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Joel has proven himself at the NHL level with his intelligence and responsibility on both ends of the ice," said Wilson. "He took a big step last year in his development and growth as a player inside our organization and made an immediate impact after his promotion from the San Jose Barracuda."
Kellman, 26, skated in 31 games for the Sharks, posting seven points (three goals, four assists) with four penalty minutes and was a plus-or-even rating in 24 contests. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 21, 2019 vs. St. Louis and scored his first career NHL goal on Dec. 28, 2019 vs. Philadelphia, which stood as the game-winning goal. Against the Flyers, Mario Ferraro also scored his first career NHL goal and the duo became the sixth set of Sharks teammates to register their first career goal in the same regular season game. On Jan. 2, 2020 he collected his first career NHL assist.
Kellman also skated with the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (@TheAHL), recording 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) with a plus-four rating in 25 contests. At the time of his first recall to the Sharks on Dec. 19, he ranked third on the Barracuda in assists and was tied for fifth in points.
Prior to his North American career, Kellman played in 196 SHL games, registering 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists) for Karlskrona HK and Brynas IF. He also appeared in 138 games for the Malmö Redhawks and 31 games for HV71 of Sweden's junior leagues, scoring 165 points (80 goals, 85 assists). After which, he was promoted to Allsvenskan, Sweden's second highest professional hockey league behind the SHL, where he scored 21 goals and 27 assists in 79 games with Malmö Redhawks and Karlskrona HK.
The five-foot-eleven, 175-pound native of Karlskrona, Sweden originally signed with San Jose as a free agent on Apr. 25, 2019.