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Sharks Sign High-Scoring Defensive Prospect

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Luca Cagnoni at the NHL Draft

The San Jose Sharks have signed Luca Cagnoni to an entry-level contract.

The 5-foot-9 defenseman, the 2023 fourth-round pick, enjoyed a league-leading season with the Portland Winterhawks.

“Luca is an intelligent two-way defenseman with a strong playmaking skillset,” San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier said in a team press release. “He had an impressive season individually for the Winterhawks, showcasing his ability to make plays on the offensive side of the puck while also being an effective player in his own zone.”

The 19-year-old rearguard led WHL defensemen with 90 points and 72 assists, and was named to the league’s U.S, Division First All-Star Team. Cagnoni was the first WHL defender to put up at least 90 points since Shane Peacock in 1993-94.

The next question for the San Jose Sharks organization is whether to send Cagnoni, who’s 20 before AHL eligibility cut-off New Year’s Day, back for another WHL campaign or have him join the pro ranks.

San Jose Hockey Now recently placed Cagnoni just outside the Sharks’ top-10 prospects post-Trade Deadline:

Scouts Talk Top-10 Sharks Prospects

 

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