The Sharks have acquired gritty forward Jannik Hansen from Vancouver in exchange for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2017 draft.
If the Sharks win the Stanley Cup, the fourth round pick becomes a first round pick in 2017.
Hansen, who was kept out of Vancouver’s game on Tuesday night, has 13 points (6g, 7a), a plus-two rating and 27 penalty minutes in 28 games this season. He is signed through 2017-18 with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million, with a no-trade clause.
Hansen is not expected to suit up Thursday when the Sharks face the Canucks in San Jose.
In his 10th season, all with Vancouver, the 30-year-old Hansen has 235 points (105g, 130a) in 565 career NHL games. The six-foot-one, 194-pounder has a career plus-46 rating and 260 penalty minutes.
Hansen gives the Sharks added forward depth ahead of Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, and could potentially slot on the top line left wing with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. The Sharks have skated seven different forwards on that line throughout the season, including Patrick Marleau (25 games), Tomas Hertl (13 games), Kevin Labanc (7 games), Mikkel Boedker (5 games), Timo Meier (4 games), Joel Ward (4 games) and Melker Karlsson (4 games).
"Jannik is a versatile, gritty player who plays with speed and is talented on both sides of the puck,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We think he is a perfect fit for the style of our team, which has earned the right for us to make this move and add to our NHL roster as we push towards the playoffs."
Goldobin, 21, was the Sharks’ first round draft pick in 2014 (27th overall). Although he recently spent two games with San Jose, likely as a showcase, he has seemingly been surpassed by other young forwards in the organization like Labanc, Meier and Marcus Sorensen.
In 46 games for the AHL Barracuda this season, Goldobin has 41 points (15g, 26a), placing him third on the team in scoring.
"Nikolay is a gifted offensive player with good hands and good release on his shot," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "His play away from the puck has improved this year in the American League and we believe with his skillset and continued development, he has the ability to become a valuable member of our team."
According to the Vancouver Sun, Goldobin is expected to be in the lineup for the Canucks when they visit the Sharks on Thursday.