The San Jose Sharks announced the signing of Scott Harrington to a professional tryout agreement ahead of the team’s upcoming training camp.
The 29-year-old defenseman comes to San Jose by way of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, with whom he has spent the last six seasons. A former second-round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Harrington will be looking to earn his way to a contract for the upcoming season.
Though Harrington spent the majority of the 2021-22 season in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters, the San Jose Sharks could be looking to left-hander Harrington to absorb the loss of fellow lefty Nikolai Knyzhov due to an Achilles tear over the summer. With 210 games of NHL experience under his belt, Harrington may be able to find a spot on the roster with a good showing at camp. Or maybe not, according to a San Jose Hockey Now source.
“Veteran defender, on the back-nine of his career,” an NHL scout told SJHN. “Plays a pretty competitive game. Not going to provide much offense but can defend and PK. Low-level depth option, trending into more of an AHL vet presence.”
Harrington’s best NHL season was 2018-19, when he suited up for 73 games with the Blue Jackets, notching a career-high 17 points. He also appeared in 10 playoff games for Columbus.
In his NHL career, Harrington has skated mostly bottom-pairing minutes and has soaked up some short-handed minutes.
If not on the San Jose Sharks, Harrington could be a big-time presence for a San Jose Barracuda club that’s clearly looking to turn their fortunes around this season.
Evgeny Svechnikov, Andrew Agozzino, and Derrick Pouliot — and now, maybe Harrington — are among the bigger-name veteran off-season signings who SJHN projects to start the season with the Cuda.
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