SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed center Maxim Letunov to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Max is a talented scorer and playmaker who has utilized his high-end speed and creativity to produce at every level that he has played," said Wilson. "His tremendous hockey sense has allowed him to develop into a strong special teams asset at both ends of the ice. He has worked hard to improve his physical strength and has shown us that he is ready to translate his game to the professional ranks."
Letunov, 22, registered 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 36 games with the University of Connecticut. He was tied for the team lead in goals (T-15th in Hockey East), and led the team in assists (T-22nd in Hockey East) and points (T-15th in Hockey East) in his third full season.
In 105 career NCAA games, Letunov recorded 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. During his freshman season, he set three new University of Connecticut rookie scoring records for goals (16), assists (24) and points (40). His 40 points that year still ranks as the fourth highest total in University of Connecticut history and the highest since the 2011-12 season.
Before joining the University of Connecticut, Letunov registered 107 points (44 goals, 63 assists) in 118 games over two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL).
The six-foot-four, 180-pound native of Moscow, Russia, was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (55th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. On June 20, 2016, the San Jose Sharks acquired his rights from the Arizona Coyotes.