San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson
announced today that the club has signed center Torrey Mitchell
to an entry level NHL contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mitchell, 22, recently completed his third season at the University of Vermont, leading the team in points (12-23=25). In 39 games, he tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (4) and scored the team’s only shorthanded goal. Serving as a co-captain, Mitchell led the team in assists, was second in goals, tied for fourth in power play goals and accumulated 46 penalty minutes. He was named an Honorable Mention Hockey East All-Star at the conclusion of the season.
“Torrey has made tremendous strides in advancing his hockey career since we drafted him in June of 2004,” said Wilson. “That progress is a result of not only Torrey’s dedication and commitment but the unwavering support and guidance he has received from Vermont Head Coach Kevin Sneddon and his staff. We’re very excited to have Torrey formally join the San Jose Sharks organization and look forward to helping him continue to grow on- and off-the-ice.”
During his sophomore campaign, Mitchell paced his team in both assists and points, finishing third among all Hockey East skaters in assists (28) and eighth in points (40). His 1.05 points per game led the nation in scoring efficiency and he was named to the Catamount Cup All-Tournament Team. His 12 goals established his collegiate high and he was named an Honorable Mention Hockey East All-Star.
Mitchell posted 30 points as a freshman, good for third on Vermont. He paced the team in both penalty minutes (74) and plus/minus (+15) and tied for first in game-winning goals (4). He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and shared the George C. Buzzell Rookie of the Year Award for Vermont with teammate Joe Fallon.
“This is an opportunity I could not pass up,” Mitchell said. “After consulting with my family, coaches and advisor this is the best decision for me. It was a dream of mine to play college hockey and I was able to develop, as a student-athlete at Vermont and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.”
Mitchell finished his career at Vermont with 35 goals and 70 assists for 105 points in 110 games to rank tied for 35th on UVM’s all-time scoring list.
The five-foot-eleven, 195-pound native of Montreal, Quebec was selected by the Sharks in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.