Sharks sign Zach Sawchenko to entry-level contract

After losing Devan Dubnyk, the team inks the AHL goaltender to a new deal.

To cap off a busy day, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has signed goaltender Zach Sawchenko to a two-year, entry-level contract.

The undrafted 23-year-old has worked his way up through the system, signing a two-year AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda on March 29, 2019. Prior to his professional career, Sawchenko played four years with the Moosejaw Warriors of the WHL, where he was teammates with Sharks forward Noah Gregor and prospect Jayden Halbgewachs, and two seasons with the University of Alberta.

Since joining the Sharks’ system, Sawchenko has spent some time in the ECHL, playing 20 total games on loan with the Allen Americans over the last two seasons. In his 2019-20 rookie campaign, he went 6-4-2, ranking third in AHL rookie goaltenders in save percentage (.911) and sixth in goals against average (2.87), barely making the 10 games played cutoff with 13.

Sawchenko’s contract will count toward the rest of this season, making him a free agent in the summer of 2022.