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Sharks Reassign Defenseman Heed

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CALIF. - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has reassigned defenseman Tim Heed to the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (@TheAHL).

The 25-year-old defenseman currently ranks T-1st in the AHL in scoring amongst defensemen, posting 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 27 games with the Barracuda. His nine goals rank T-2nd among league defensemen while his 21 assists rank T-1st. Heed has recorded six power-play goals this season, which ranks T-1st among blueliners in the league. His point total is good enough for eighth best among all skaters in the AHL (tied). 

Heed played in 52 games for Skelleftea AIK last season, recording eight goals, 15 assists and a plus-six rating in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He ranked 11th in scoring amongst defensemen, T-4th in goals amongst defensemen, and T-12th in assists amongst blueliners in Sweden's top men's league. In 16 playoff games, the defenseman posted three goals and six assists as Skelleftea finished runner-up to Frolunda. In 191 career SHL games with Skelleftea and Vaxjo, Heed registered 21 goals, 55 assists and a plus-13 rating.

The defenseman has represented his native country of Sweden in the Euro Hockey Tour on two separate occasions (2014 & 2015), scoring a goal and plus-three rating in three games. Heed also represented his country at the junior level, tallying four goals and seven assists in 12 games for Sweden. 

The five-foot-eleven, 175-pound native of Goteborg, Sweden was originally drafted in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on May 24, 2016. Heed will wear No. 72 for the Sharks.

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