San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent left wing Tom Cavanagh to an entry level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In 2004-05, Cavanagh, 23, posted team-highs in goals (10), assists (19) and points (29) in 33 games in his senior season with the Harvard Crimson of the ECAC. In addition to his team-leading offensive totals, Cavanagh was presented with the Frank Jones Award as the Best Defensive Forward as voted on by the New England Hockey Writers. The Assistant Captain of the team became the all-time leader in games played at Harvard (138), never missing a game in his four-year career.
In 2003-04, Cavanagh, in his junior season, posted a team-high 36 points (team-high 16 goals, 20 assists) in 36 games with the Crimson. Cavanagh displayed his two-way center abilities by also being the best defensive centerman with a +6 rating, and leading the team in faceoff percentage (60%). Cavanagh was also named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the top American-born player in New England.
The five-foot-ten, 180-pound native of Warwick, Rhode Island was originally selected by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (6th round, 182nd overall).