SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Tim Heed to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Tim brings a very offensive-minded approach to the blueline," said Wilson. "He is a smooth skater with a high hockey IQ and has become an effective puck mover from the backend. He's coming to us from Skelleftea, which has had a strong record of developing NHL-caliber players, including Melker Karlsson, who was a teammate of Tim's."
The 25-year-old defenseman played in 52 games for Skelleftea AIK recording eight goals, 15 assists and a plus-six rating in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season. He ranked 11th in scoring amongst defensemen, T-4th in goals amongst defensemen, and T-12th in assists amongst blueliners in Sweden's top men's league. In 16 playoff games, the defenseman posted three goals and six assists as Skelleftea finished runner-up to Frolunda. In 191 career SHL games with Skelleftea and Vaxjo, Heed has registered 21 goals, 55 assists and a plus-13 rating.
The defenseman has represented his native country of Sweden in the Euro Hockey Tour on two separate occasions (2014 & 2015), scoring a goal and plus-three rating in three games. Heed also represented his country at the junior level, tallying four goals and seven assists in 12 games for Sweden.
The six-foot, 185-pound native of Goteborg, Sweden was originally drafted in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks