The San Jose Sharks signed Evgeny Svechnikov primarily to help their American Hockey League affiliate, not the parent club.
That’s the take of San Jose Hockey Now writer Sheng Peng.
Peng points out that the Sharks have more than a dozen players competing to be role players. The group includes: Svechnikov, Luke Kunin, Oskar Lindblom, Nick Bonino, Nico Sturm, Steven Lorentz, Noah Gregor, Matt Nieto, Jeffrey Viel, Jonah Gadjovich, Scott Reedy, Jasper Weatherby, and Max Veronneau.
The Sharks signed former Red Wings player Svechnikov to a two-way contract. The deal pays him $750,000 if he plays in San Jose. His salary is $350,000 if he plays for the San Jose Barracuda.
Peng’s analysis is Svechnikov will be the Barracuda’s highest-paid player and that he was brought in because new general manager Mike Grier wants to create a highly-competitive AHL squad with a winning culture.
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