SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Danil Yurtaikin to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Danil is an explosive skater who uses his speed to create and sustain production in the offensive zone," said Wilson. "His offensive talents led him to finish in the top three in scoring among players under 22 in the KHL. He has a championship pedigree as a two-time MHL champion and experience with the Russian national team. We're excited for him to join our organization."
Yurtaikin, 21, recorded 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) and a plus-12 rating in 40 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He finished tied for third among U-22 skaters in goals and fifth in points. Yurtaikin finished tied for fourth among forwards in goals on Lokomotiv in the regular season. In the KHL playoffs, he appeared in eight games and collected one assist.
Over his KHL career, Yurtaikin has appeared in 58 games, earning 19 points (10 goals, nine assists). He also has appeared in 99 career games in the Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL), which is Russia's junior hockey league. Yurtaikin scored 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) with a plus-44 rating over three seasons, helping lead the Loko Yaroslavl to the MHL championship title in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Internationally, the forward has represented his native Russia several times, including the 2018 U-18 World Junior national team, registering five points (two goals, three assists) in five games in 2014-15 and Russia's U-20 World Junior squad in 2016-17 earning three points (one goal, two assists) in five games.
The five-foot-eleven, 165-pound forward is a native of Belovo, Russia.