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Sharks Re-Sign Defenseman Joakim Ryan

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks /

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Joakim Ryan (@JoakimRyan) to a two-year contract.

"Joakim served as an anchor on both sides of the puck for the Barracuda this past season," said Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "He continued his stellar play in the AHL playoffs and we're very excited to see him compete for an NHL spot come training camp."

Ryan, 23, posted career highs across the board with the San Jose Barracuda in 2016-17, registering 10 goals, 39 assists, 49 points and a plus-27 rating in 65 games. He ranked 2nd amongst Barracuda defensemen in goals, assists and points, while leading all Barracuda skaters in plus/minus (T-4th in the AHL). His 185 shots on goal, also a career high, led all San Jose blueliners. In 15 Calder Cup Playoff games, Ryan led all Barracuda defensemen in goals (4), assists (7, tied) and points (11), and ranked 3rd amongst all AHL rear guards in all three categories.

In 138 career AHL games with Worcester and San Jose, Ryan has collected 79 points (12 goals, 67 assists) and a plus-34 rating. He has added 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 19 career AHL playoff games. Ryan earned his first NHL call-up with the Sharks on Feb. 6, 2017.

The former Cornell University defenseman recorded 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists) in 123 career games with the Big Red over the course of four seasons. He was named to the 2014-15 All-ECAC First Team, a finalist for the 2014-15 ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman award, 2013-14 All-Ivy League First Team, 2013-14 All-ECAC Hockey Second Team, 2012-13 All-Ivy League Second Team, and was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week during his freshman season in 2011-12. In addition, during the 2013-14 season he earned the Nicky Bawlf Award, presented to the most valuable player on Cornell's roster.

Ryan was born in the United States (Rumson, NJ), but his mother, former tennis star Catarina Lindqvist, is a native of Sweden. He was selected to represent Sweden during the 2010 World U17 Challenge and 2010 World Jr. A Challenge.

The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound blueliner was originally drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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