Shortly after trading Mirco Mueller to the Devils, the Sharks announced the signing of three of their remaining prospects to two-year contracts.
Center Ryan Carpenter and defensemen Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan, all of whom were vital to the AHL Barracuda’s success this season, will all remain in the organization. Carpenter was a pending unrestricted free agent, while Heed and Ryan were both restricted.
Per a source, the contracts are identical at the NHL level for all three, as they would earn $650,000 per year for both years.
Carpenter, 26, posted two goals and two assists for four points in 11 games with the Sharks in 2016-17. He added 39 points (14g, 25a) in 54 games with the Barracuda, and led the team in playoff scoring with 17 points (9g, 8a) in 15 games. The Florida native was originally signed by the Sharks as a free agent on March 25, 2014.
Heed, 26, played one game with the Sharks on Jan. 11, his NHL debut. In 55 games with the Barracuda, he posted 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points. A Sweden native, he signed with the Sharks as a free agent on May 24, 2016. Heed was originally drafted by the Ducks in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
Ryan, 23, tallied 49 points (10g, 39a) and a plus-27 rating in 65 games with the Barracuda. He was drafted by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, and has yet to make his NHL debut. The New Jersey native played four seasons at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.