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Sharks Sign Defenseman Michael Brodzinski

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Michael Brodzinski (@Mbrodzinski20) to a standard, entry-level contract.

"Michael is a smooth-skating, offensive-minded defenseman who has impressive offensive instincts," said Wilson. "He has worked hard on all aspects of his game under Head Coach Don Lucia at the University of Minnesota, and we look forward to him joining the Sharks organization."

Brodzinski, 20, finished his junior season ranking 1st among University of Minnesota defensemen in points (21), goals (8) and assists (8) in 37 games. His 11 power-play points ranked 1st on the team, and he set a career highs in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and games played, while being named to the Big Ten Second All-Star Team this season. Other accolades in his third year with Minnesota include being named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week (Oct. 27), being named to the Mariucci Classic All-Tournament Team, becoming the first Big Ten defenseman to tally a hat trick (Jan. 23), and he became just the second defenseman in league history to be named the first star of the week (Jan. 26).

In 99 career NCAA games with the Golden Gophers, Brodzinski posted 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists), 62 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. In 2013-14, the defenseman helped Minnesota win the Big Ten Championship, posting one assist.

Brodzinski has played in five games with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) this season, making his professional debut on March 26 vs. San Diego.

The five-foot-eleven, 195-pound native of Ham Lake, Minnesota, was drafted by San Jose in the 2013 NHL Draft (fifth round, 141st overall).

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