SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Maxim Letunov to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Max had a very productive first professional season with the Barracuda and took some big strides in his overall game last season," said Wilson. "He showed that he could translate his size, hockey sense and high-end speed to the professional level and we look forward to watching him compete for a spot on our team this coming season."
Letunov, 23, posted 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists), 20 penalty minutes, 93 shots on goal and four game-winning goals in 57 American Hockey League (AHL) games with the San Jose Barracuda, (@sjbarracuda) the Sharks' top minor league affiliate. He ranked fourth amongst all Barracuda rookies in goals, assists and points, and his four game-winning tallies finished second amongst all Barracuda skaters. In addition, he added two assists and a plus-two rating in three Calder Cup Playoff games.
Prior to turning pro, in 105 career NCAA games, Letunov recorded 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists) and 39 penalty minutes with the University of Connecticut. He led his team in assists, points and tied for first in goals during his final season and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team. During his freshman season, he set three new UConn rookie scoring records for goals (16), assists (24) and points (40). His 40 points that year still ranks as the fourth highest total in University of Connecticut history and the highest since the 2011-12 season.
Before joining UConn, Letunov registered 107 points (44 goals, 63 assists) in 118 games over two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL).
The six-foot-four, 180-pound native of Moscow, Russia, was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (55th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. On June 20, 2016, the San Jose Sharks acquired his rights from the Arizona Coyotes.