SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Nikolay Goldobin and defenseman Julius Bergman to standard, entry-level contracts.
"Nikolay is a dynamic player with a high-end skill set and tremendous vision," said Wilson. "He's got great hockey sense which we feel will allow him to be successful."
Goldobin, the Sharks first-round selection (27th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, played for the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2013-14 season. The 18-year-old forward recorded 94 points (38 goals, 56 assists) and 21 penalty minutes in 67 games, leading Sarnia in scoring while ranking seventh amongst all OHL players in points. He strung together a 22-game point streak from Nov. 14, 2013 to Jan. 11, 2014, registering 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) and three four-point performances during that span.
In 2012-13, Goldobin was the runner-up for the OHL Rookie of the Year award and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Second Team, posting 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 68 games with the Sting, totals that ranked first amongst all OHL rookies in both goals and points.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Moscow, Russia is currently participating in San Jose's 2014 Training Camp, and recorded one goal and one assist in his first career NHL preseason game on Sept. 23 vs. Vancouver.
Bergman, the Sharks second-round selection (46th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, played for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League during the 2013-14 season. Bergman recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and 54 penalty minutes in 45 games with Frolunda's junior squad, ranking first on the team in goals, assists and points amongst defensemen. Among league blueliners, he ranked second in goals and tied for third in points. He was teammates with fellow Sharks draft pick (2013) goaltender Fredrik Bergvik.
"We were very pleased to select Julius in this year's draft," said Wilson. "He plays a solid two-way game and sees the play well. You can never have too many smooth skating defensemen, and we look forward to watching his development."
The native of Stockholm, Sweden, represented his country in the 2013 World Junior U-18 Championship, registering one assist and four penalty minutes in five games. Bergman also represented Sweden's U-18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, posting one assist and 12 penalty minutes in five tournament games.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bergman recently took part in the Sharks 2014 Training Camp and will play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season.
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