SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Jayden Halbgewachs (HAL-beh-gah-watts) (@halbgewachs97) to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Jayden is the top goal scorer in Canadian major juniors and has been one of the top point producers in the WHL over the last two seasons," said Wilson. "His combination of elite speed, high-end skill and ability to pressure both ends of the ice make him a dangerous player who makes others around him better. We're excited he is joining our organization."
Halbgewachs, 20, currently leads all Canadian junior players in goals (35, tied) and ranks tied for fourth overall in points (61) in 36 games with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He ranks tied for third in the WHL in power-play goals (11) and leads all Moose Jaw skaters in goals scored and game-winning goals (5, tied).
In 2016-17, the forward was named to the WHL (East) Second All-Star Team after finishing fifth in the WHL in scoring (101 points) and third in goals (50), leading his team in both categories. He was named the winner of several team awards, including co-Player of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike Player, Top Scorer, and was also the Moose Jaw Fan Choice player of the year.
Halbgewachs has recorded 212 points (104 goals, 108 assists) in 240 career WHL games with Moose Jaw, and has added another 18 points (ten goals, eight assists) in 17 career WHL playoff games. He played for Canada Western U-17 at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge, and was ranked 168th amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2017 NHL Draft.
The five-foot-eight, 165-pound forward is a native of Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, and has played parts of the last four seasons at Moose Jaw with fellow Sharks prospect Noah Gregor (4th round, 111th overall, 2016). He participated in the Vegas Golden Knights 2017 Development Camp this past summer.