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SHARKS SIGN 2005 FIRST ROUND PICK DEVIN SETOGUCHI ALONG WITH DEFENSEMAN DAN SPANG

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson added two impressive recent draft selections to the Sharks reserve list in March by signing right wing Devin Setoguchi and defenseman Dan Spang to NHL contracts.



Setoguchi has spent the last three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League. This season, the Taber, Alberta native posted 83 points (36-47=83) in 65 games, which ranked him seventh overall in the WHL.

In eight playoff games with Saskatoon through April 10, Setoguchi has posted 10 points (8-2=10), which place him tied-for-fourth among all WHL playoff scorers and tied-for-first in goals.

During the week of Nov. 7-13, Setoguchi was named the WHL Player of the Week. Just a month later, the assistant captain posted a 12-game point streak.

Setoguchi was one of the final 34 players in camp for Team Canada for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Tournament and was also selected to represent Team Canada this year in the Canadian Hockey League-Russian challenge.

The 185-pound, six-foot right wing was selected by San Jose in the first round (8th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Spang had a breakout senior season for Boston University, leading all Hockey East defensemen and finishing T-18th among all Hockey East skaters with 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 40 games. He finished tied-for-fourth on his team in scoring and helped lead BU to the Hockey East Championship, a 2-1 overtime win against Boston College. The team was defeated in the NCAA Northeastern Regional Finals by Boston College on March 25.

For his efforts, Spang was selected as a First Team All-American, Hockey East First Team All-Star, was runner-up for the league’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award and earned spots on the Hockey East All-Tournament Team and the Division I All-New England Team.

He did not miss a game since the end of his rookie season, playing in the final 124 consecutive contests for BU.

The 210-pound, six-foot defenseman was selected by San Jose in the second round (52nd overall) of the NHL Entry Draft. In five games (through April 10) this season with the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, Spang has posted six penalty minutes.


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