Sharks sign Marleau, Goc, Davison

SAN JOSE (sj-sharks.com) – The San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group II restricted free agent center Patrick Marleau. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wilson also locked up 2001 first round pick Marcel Goc to a standard rookie contract and defenseman Rob Davison.

Marleau, 23 (turns 24 on Sept. 15), posted career highs in points, goals, and assists with 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists) in 82 games last season. His totals rank him tied for first on the team in goals (28,), third on the team in assists (29) and points (57). Also included in his season highlights were posting a pair of six-game point streaks (3-7=10 from Dec. 16-26; 7-2=9 from Nov. 11-21), including tying a franchise record with a six-game goal streak from Nov. 11-21, and also scoring on his first career penalty shot attempt vs. the N.Y. Rangers and Dan Blackburn on Nov. 11.

In addition, he appeared in his 400th career game on Oct. 19 vs. Colorado, becoming the youngest active NHL player (23 years, 34 days) to achieve the feat and the youngest player since Bob Carpenter played in his 400th career game on April 6, 1986 (22 years, 268 days old). His career point total (125 goals, 145 assists = 270 points), ranks him fourth in career points among players age 23 or younger (Joe Thornton, 432 GP, 137-211 = 348; Marian Hossa, 386 GP, 152-156 = 308; Sergei Samsonov, 401 GP, 129-170 = 299). Marleau leads that group in career regular season games played at 478.

He was also selected to play for Team Canada at the IIHF Men’s World Championships in Finland from April 26-May 11, where he posted four points (all assists) in nine games in helping Canada capture the gold medal.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound, Aneroid, Saskatchewan native was selected by San Jose in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (first round, second overall) and was the youngest player drafted (17 years, nine months) that year. In making his NHL debut in the 1997-98 season, Marleau became the second youngest NHL player to score a goal since the end of World War II on Oct. 19, 1997 at Phoenix (prior was Chicago’s Grant Mulvey at 18 years, one month and two days in 1974).

Goc, 19, posted 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 36 games with the Adler Mannheim Eagles of the German Elite League (DEL) in 2002-03. In addition, he also posted three points (one goal, two assists) in five games during the German Cup, helping the Eagles to the championship of that mid-season tournament.

During last season, Goc was selected to represent Germany at the World Junior Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he posted three points (one goal, two assists) in six games played. He was also selected to represent Germany at the 2003 World Championships in Finland where he posted three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games.

The six-foot-one, 190-pound native of Calv, Germany was originally selected by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 20th overall).

Last season, Davison, 23, posted four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and 82 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate of the American Hockey League and was named Barons Player of the Week on Feb. 2. Recalled to San Jose on March 9, he played in his first NHL game at Dallas that night. Davison scored his first career NHL goal and point on March 13 at Anaheim, and tallied his first career NHL assist on March 17 vs. Chicago. In 15 games with the Sharks, Davison posted three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and added 22 penalty minutes while earning a +4 rating – third-highest on the team.

In 2001-02, Davison posted four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 70 games with Cleveland and ranked fourth on the team in penalty minutes (206).

In 2000-01, Davison led the Kentucky Thoroughblades, the former AHL affiliate of the Sharks, in penalty minutes (230) in his first professional season. That season in the playoffs, Davison led Kentucky in plus/minus rating (+2).

With North Bay of the OHL in 1999-00, Davison was second in the club in penalty minutes (194) and set junior career highs in games played (67) and goals (4). He served as an alternate captain for North Bay, and was named North Bay’s Defenseman and Scholastic Player of the Year. In 1998-99, he was selected as the league’s “Best Body Checker” in a poll among OHL coaches.

The six-foot-two, 225-pound native of St. Catherine’s, Ontario was selected by San Jose in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (fourth round, 98th overall).

(Courtesy of NHL.com)

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