The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Brandon Mashinter to a one-year contract, the club announced today.
Originally undrafted, the 6’4” and 225 pound Mashinter was signed by the Sharks as a free agent in 2009. He spent most of his time with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, suiting up for thirteen games with the big club from 2009-2013. Mashinter was traded to the New York Rangers for Tommy Grant in 2013.
Now 28 years old, Mashinter played last season with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, where he served as alternate captain and was named the team’s most valuable player. He was tied for most goals (15) and tied for third in points (30). In 471 career AHL games, Mashinter has totaled 115 goals, 117 assists, and 608 penalty minutes.
"Brandon brings a veteran presence to our group and his power forward style of play and leadership qualities will be nice complements to our organization's depth," said Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager, Joe Will. "He has worn a letter each of the last two seasons, and his combination of size and skill earned him his team's MVP honors last season. We are obviously familiar with him both on and off the ice and are excited to welcome him back to San Jose."
It’s likely Mashinter will report to the San Jose Barracuda to start the 2017-18 season.