SAN JOSE – The Sharks have acquired 20-year-old center Maxim Letunov along with a 2017 sixth round draft pick from Arizona, in exchange for a 2016 fourth round pick and 2017 third round pick, the club announced on Monday.
Letunov led the University of Connecticut in scoring as a freshman, with 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 36 games.
A six-foot-four, 170-pound Moscow native, Letunov was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2014 draft. He was traded on March 2, 2015 to Arizona as part of a deal for defenseman Zbynek Michalek.
“Max Letunov is a player that our amateur guys identified in his draft year,” general manager Doug Wilson said. “He was one of the top offensive guys as a freshman at UConn. ... We think he’s a great fit. We’re going to get him bigger and stronger as he progresses through his college career, but he’s just really a player that we’ve identified that fit our needs going forward.”
The trade means the Sharks currently have just five picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft this weekend in Buffalo. They traded their own fourth rounder for Letunov (120 overall), while retaining the Rangers’ fourth round pick (111 overall).