San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group II restricted free agent center Mark Smith to a one-year contract through the process of arbitration. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Smith joined San Jose for his fifth season last year and led the team in face-offs (51.9%) and penalty minutes (97). He set a career high in points (24), goals (9) and assists (15) in a single season. Smith posted his first career two-goal game Dec. 8 against Florida, including the game-winner. Playing in 80 games, Smith averaged over 12 minutes of ice time.
During the 2003-04 season with the Sharks, the 28-year-old played in his 200th NHL game, Mar. 19 at Anaheim, where he scored the first goal of the season. That season he also scored the game-winning, series-clinching goal in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against St. Louis.
The five-foot-ten, 215-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was selected by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.