SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman David Schlemko (SHLEM-ko) to a four-year contract.
"David is a solid puck-moving defenseman with good speed who can play the game at both ends," said Wilson. "He is coming off of a very productive season in New Jersey and we think he will fit well with our group."
Schlemko, 29, posted career-highs in goals (6), assists (13), points (19), power-play points (12), game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (104) in a career-best 67 games played with New Jersey last season. He led all Devils blueliners in goals, ranked T-2nd in points and ranked 3rd on the team in blocked shots (88) and T-3rd in power-play points. In addition, Schlemko skated the eighth-most minutes per game of any Devils skater (18:38).
In 298 career NHL games with Arizona, Dallas, Calgary and New Jersey, the defenseman has compiled 69 points (15 goals, 54 assists) 100 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. He has appeared in 20 NHL playoff games and posted one goal and one assist.
Schlemko played parts of two seasons with Arizona of the Central Hockey League, helping the Sundogs win the championship in 2008. He played junior hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, helping the team win the 2006-07 WHL Championship while posting the most assists by a league defenseman that same season (50 in 64 games).
The six-foot, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Phoenix on July 19, 2007.