SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks(@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Vincent Praplan (PRAP-lehn) (@praps_10) to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Vincent is a highly skilled playmaker who can play any forward position," said Wilson. "We saw first-hand at our rookie tournament last summer what he can do with the puck and think he will fit perfectly within our puck pressure system. His speed allows him to be a threat on the penalty kill, and his offensive instincts make him an asset on the power play. We're excited for him to join our organization."
Praplan, 23, has recorded 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) and 29 penalty minutes in 45 games with EHC Kloten of the Swiss National League (NLA). He leads his team in goals (T-16th in the league), assists (tied, T-14th in the league) and points (11th in the league) in his fourth full season in Switzerland's top league. In addition, Praplan represented Switzerland in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, appearing in all four games.
In 196 career games in the NLA, Praplan has collected 122 points (52 goals, 70 assists) and 59 penalty minutes, and has added one goal and three assists in 19 NLA playoff games. He helped EHC Kloten win the 2016-17 Swiss Cup, posting three goals and three assists in five games.
Internationally, the forward has represented his native Switzerland several times, including the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 World Championship (named a Top 3 Player on his team), the 2014 World Jr. Championship and the 2011-12 Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
In 2013-14, Praplan played a season with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), posting 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 61 games, finishing second on the team in both points and assists, behind current Sharks Forward Barclay Goodrow.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward is a native of Sierre, Switzerland, and participated in the Sharks 2017 Training Camp this past summer.