San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group II restricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a two-year deal. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ehrhoff joined San Jose last year for his second season, playing 64 games, averaging almost 18 minutes of ice-time per game. During the 2005-06 season, he established career high in points (23), assists (18) and goals (5), including two game-winning goals. One of those was scored against Vancouver on Apr. 12 in overtime to clinch a playoff berth for the Sharks. Ehrhoff finished the season tied for third among the team defensemen for points and tied a franchise record high 10 shots on net against Nashville during the Mar. 11 game.
The 23-year-old played in 11 playoff games, scoring twice and assisting six times. He averaged almost 20 minutes of on-ice time throughout the Sharks playoff run.
Erhoff joined teammate Marcel Goc in Turin, Italy to play in the Winter Olympics for Team Germany, where he registered one goal and one assist. Right before his Olympics stint, Ehrhoff was on a career-high five game streak for assists (1-5=6) from Feb. 6 – Feb. 28.
“We like the improvement and growth Christian has shown in the past two seasons and we expect him to play an even larger role on our team moving forward,” said Wilson.
Ehrhoff played 27 games with the Cleveland Barons before joining the Sharks on Oct. 9, 2003 against Edmonton. In Cleveland, Ehrhoff has four goals and 10 assists, was second on the team for playoff scoring and points and led the Barons in shots with 36. During his time with in Cleveland, Ehrhoff also participated in the World Cup of Hockey in 2003, playing four games for Team Germany.
The six-foot-two, 195-pound native of Moers, Germany was selected by San Jose in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.