On June 2, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the signing of the following prospects: Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic
, goaltender Thomas Greiss
and center Michal Macho.
As an assistant captain for the Quebec Remparts, Vlasic recently helped his team claim the Memorial Cup Championship against the Moncton Wildcats.
A fortuitous chain of events helped Quebec take home Canadian Junior Hockey’s top prize.
The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Each year, the Memorial Cup Tournament features the league champions from the three CHL member leagues (Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and one “host” CHL team (where the tournament is played that year), competing for the top prize in Junior Men's (Under-21) ice hockey.
This year in the 2006 QMJHL League Championship game, Vlasic’s Quebec squad was defeated by the Moncton Wildcats, who were already guaranteed a Memorial Cup Tournament berth as this year’s “host” team. When Moncton defeated Quebec in the QMJHL Championship game, they earned the right to go into the Memorial Cup Tournament as QMJHL champions, instead of as the host team. As the League runner-up, the Quebec Remparts earned a berth as the new host team.
In the Memorial Cup Championship Game against Moncton, Vlasic notched two assists including one on the game-winning goal.
In 23 playoff games, Vlasic ranked fifth overall in the league for playoff points, with 29, including 24 assists. With those numbers, the Montreal native ranked first for defensemen in the league for points.
During the regular season, Vlasic ranked eighth on Quebec, racking up 73 points (16 goals, 57 assists) in 66 games. He also was third among the Remparts with a +41 player rating. Among defensemen in the league, Vlasic ranked fourth overall for points.
In addition, Vlasic was selected as one of just 34 players to participate in the camp for Team Canada for the 2006 IIHF World Junior Tournament.
The 19-year-old just signed a contract with the Sharks on June 2 after he was originally selected by San Jose in the second round (35th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
A native of Koln, Germany, Greiss (pronounced GRYCE) finished third in the DEL (German) league in save percentage (.926) and ranked sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.46). The top goaltender for the Koln Sharks, the six-foot-one, 190-pound netminder appeared in 27 of the team’s 49 games, logging 1,560 minutes.
Drafted by San Jose in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 94th overall), Greiss was selected to represent Germany in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, joining fellow countrymen and current San Jose Sharks Marcel Goc and Christian Ehrhoff. Greiss played one game for Team Germany on Feb. 16 in a 5-1 defeat by Team Canada.
Macho, who has spent the last four seasons with the HC Slovan in the Slovakia League, notched 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 49 games last season while posting a plus-10 rating. He ranked fifth on the team in goals and eighth on the team in points. In addition, Macho tied the team lead for game-winning goals with four.
In 2004-05, the six-foot-one, 175-pound center posted a career-high 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 44 games. The 24-year old Martin, Slovakia native, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, 183rd overall.