Swedish forward Marcus Sorensen put up 15 goals and 34 points in 47 regular season games with the SHL’s Djurgårdens IF club this past season – but next year, he’ll attempt to bring that offensive production to North America.
The San Jose Sharks inked Sorensen to an entry-level deal earlier last week, bringing the 24 year old left winger into the Pacific Division club’s system after his highly successful season in Sweden.
Initially drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, Sorensen – a native of Södertälje, Sweden – never found his way to North America while the Eastern Conference team held his rights. Now, though, he’ll be able to see if his speed and scoring translates to the NHL.
Sorensen took home the SHL’s Rookie of the Year award for the 2014-15 season, after putting up 32 points in 50 regular season games. Seeing his production increase this year to an even more impressive rate than his rookie SHL season puts the young Swedish forward in a position where he could be an asset to the Sharks moving forward, especially since he’ll be on an ELC for his first year of North American play.
The news of Sorensen’s contract comes a month after the Sharks made another European signing, bringing Lithuanian goaltender and male model Mantas Armalis into the system on an entry-level deal as well.