SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent center Joel Kellman to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Joel has consistently proven his skill and hockey IQ, as is evident in his continued improvement in juniors, Allsvenskan, and the Swedish Hockey League," said Wilson. "He has proven himself at each level, including over 200 games before the age of 24 at Sweden's highest level, which is an accomplishment on its own. His intelligence and responsibility on the ice are going to be a huge asset to our organization and we look forward to his joining us."
Kellman, 24, tallied 16 goals and 18 assists in 45 games with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in the 2018-19 season. He led the team in goals and was third in assists, points (34), and plus-minus rating (+3). Amongst all SHL skaters, Kellman's 16 goals ranked tied for 14th.
Kellman has played in 196 SHL games, registering 114 points (49 goals, 65 assists). Prior to his time in the Swedish Hockey League, he played 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, 192-pound forward is a native of Karlskrona, Sweden.