SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Alexander Barabanov to a one-year contract. Per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Barabanov, 26, has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) across 21 games played with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Sharks. He made his NHL debut with Toronto on Jan. 13, 2021 and registered his first career NHL assist on Apr. 7 vs Montreal. The forward was later acquired by San Jose in exchange for Antti Suomela on Apr. 12, 2021. He appeared in his first game as a Shark on Apr. 26 vs Arizona and scored his first career NHL goal. In his time thus far with the Sharks, the forward has recorded at least one point in six of his eight contests (three goals, four assists). He also spent time in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies and San Jose Barracuda, recording five points (two goals, three assists) in four games.
Prior to his NHL career, Barabanov played for SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinetal Hockey League (KHL), dating back to the 2013-14 season. In his KHL career, Barabanov recorded 137 points (62 goals, 75 assists) in 262 games. He was named to the KHL All-Star game in 2018-19, and also earned KHL Forward of the Week honors on Feb. 25, 2019. He set a career-high in goals, assists and points during the 2018-19 season, scoring 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) for St. Petersburg. Barabanov ranked second on the team in points, third in assists, and fifth in goals.
Internationally, Barabanov has represented Russia in the 2014 World Junior Championships, 2017, 2018 and 2019 World Championships, and 2018 Olympic Games. He helped Russia win Bronze in 2014, 2017 and 2019 and won a Gold Medal in the Olympics. He appeared in six games, scoring two points in the tournament.
The five-foot-ten, 192-pound native of St. Petersburg, Russia was originally signed by Toronto as a free agent on April 7, 2020.