SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Alexander "Sasha" Chmelevski (@sashachmelevski) to a standard, entry-level contract, to start in the 2018-19 season.
"Sasha is an exciting player with high-end hockey IQ and puck skill, and has gained power and strength during his time in Juniors," said Wilson. "He worked hard to make huge strides in his overall game, which was exhibited as he thrived in big time situations and was counted on this year to play on the power play and penalty kill. We want to thank James Boyd and Andre Tourigny for their exceptional work developing Sasha with the Ottawa 67s this year, and are excited to have him in our organization."
Chmelevski, 18, paced the Ottawa 67s in goals (35), assists (41), points (76), power-play assists (13), power-play points (19), and shots (280) during the 2017-18 season, his third with the OHL club. His five game-winning goals was tied for first on the team, he ranked tied for second in power-play goals (6), and was third on the team in plus/minus ranking (+8). In five playoff games this year, he ranked first in shots (15) and was tied for second in assists (4) and points (5).
In 160 career OHL games with the Sarnia Sting and Ottawa 67s, Chmelevski tallied 67 goals, 71 assists, and 138 points. He has nine points (3G, 6A) in 11 playoff games, all with the 67s. In the 2016-17 season, he was named the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year (Bobby Smith Trophy), which is awarded annually to the player to who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence. He is the first US born player to be given this award since Dustin Brown received it in 2002-03.
The six-foot, 190-pound center was born in Huntington Beach, California. He was drafted by San Jose in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Chmelevski will finish the 2017-18 season with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) on an Amateur Try-Out.