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2016 5th-round pick Wiederer signs ELC

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2016 Sharks fifth round pick Manuel Wiederer signed a “standard, entry-level contract” with the team, the Sharks announced today. The contract is for three years, according to CBS Sports.

Wiederer played the previous two seasons in the QMJHL, scoring 117 points in 114 games with Moncton and Rouyn-Noranda. In 29 playoff games across two seasons, Wiederer scored 26 points, including 12 goals in 17 postseason games last year with Moncton.

As General Manager Doug Wilson mentioned in a statement announcing the signing, Wiederer checks a lot of the boxes that the Sharks look for in a prospect:

"Manuel mixes a defensively responsible two-way game with speed and offensive creativity and has proven that he can play with players much older than he is," said Wilson. "He takes pride in his defensive game, but has also shown that he can produce when asked to provide offense. We look forward to him developing his overall game with our organization."

As Dobber Prospects’ Zachary Devine notes, Wiederer was the last 2016 draft pick remaining at training camp, and in his eyes, “is yet another reliable two-way center in the San Jose system.”

The 20-year-old German forward could join the Barracuda for the remainder of their playoff run. San Jose resumes its second round series against the San Diego Gulls on the road tomorrow night, as they look to gain their first lead of the series in Game 3.