SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dalton Prout (@Prouter5) to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Dalton is a very smart defenseman who has shown he can move the puck cleanly under pressure and keep his turnover rates low," said Wilson, "We believe his ability to hold the defensive zone blue line is underrated and that he is one of the best at limiting net-front rebounds by effectively using his size and stick. We're excited to add his responsible defensive play to our blue line."
During the 2018-19 campaign, Prout, 29, played 20 games for the Calgary Flames, scoring one goal, one assist, and a plus-one rating. He played four games with Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, tallying three points (1g, 2a) and eight penalty minutes.
Prout has played in 262 career NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets (224 games), New Jersey Devils (18 games), and the Calgary Flames (20 games). He has registered seven goals, 31 assists, 314 penalty minutes, and 547 hits. Amongst all members of his 2010 draft class, Prout ranks 12th in blocked shots (309) and 13th in hits. He made his NHL debut on March 30, 2012 with Columbus. In 162 AHL games, Prout has recorded eight goals, 31 assists, and a plus-13 rating.
Prior to the NHL, Prout played 286 games in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Sarnia Sting, Barrie Colts, and Saginaw Spirit. During his time in the OHL, he registered 66 points (17g, 49a), 436 penalty minutes, and a plus-16 rating.
The six-foot-three, 215-pound native of Kingsville, Ontario was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft (154th overall).