SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Forward Vladislav Kotkov to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Vladislav has shown the abilities to be a high-end-skill power forward," said Wilson. "He was one of the most consistent first-year draft-eligible forwards in junior hockey last season. We were pleased he accepted our invitation to our development camp and are looking forward to working with him to continue his development."
Kotkov, 18, was ranked 81st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the 2018 NHL Draft. He recorded 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Men's Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Kotkov ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points, and finished sixth in the league in points among rookie skaters.
He was a teammate of fellow Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley on Team Cherry in the 2018 CHL Top Prospects Game
Prior to joining the Saguenéens, Kotkov skated for the Krasnaya Armiya Moskva in the MHL, registering three points (one goal, two assists) in 19 contests and helped lead the Club to become the 2016-17 MHL Champions. Kotkov also played for CSKA Moskva's U-17 and U-18 club during the 2016-17 season. He logged 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 18 games and tallied eight points (five goals, three assists), respectively.
The six-foot-four, 210-pound native of Moskva, Russia was initially drafted 32nd overall by Chicoutimi in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.