It only took an hour for the San Jose Sharks to get involved in free agency. The Sharks have signed defender David Schlemko to a four-year deal worth $2.1 million a year according to Pierre LeBrun.
The San Jose Sharks have signed David Schlemko to a four-year deal worth $2.1 million per season; Really underrated player in my mind— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2016
Here’s what I wrote about Schlemko in our Defenders To Watch post:
The Case: Schlemko boasts strong possession numbers and won’t cost the Sharks much. He’s likely a bottom pairing guy and has little offensive upside, but Schlemko would be a fine value acquisition.
And here’s his HERO chart:
His possession numbers are quite good and he’s a relatively mobile, puck moving defender which should make him a great partner for Brenden Dillon. It looks like San Jose has shored up their biggest defensive hole, leaving the Sharks with some cap space to go get a forward.
According to General Fanager the Sharks still have $7 million of cap space to work with. They still need to sign Matt Nieto, Dylan DeMelo and a back-up goaltender.