Sharks bolster depth with Viel, Lemoche re-signings

Jeffrey Viel

The Sharks were busy on Monday. In addition to announcing they had re-signed top prospect Jonathan Dahlen to a one-year contract, San Jose also announced it had re-signed forward Jeffrey Viel and defenseman Nicolas Lemoche.

Viel's contract is for two years, while Lemoche's is a one-year deal.

Viel, 24, split the season with the Sharks and San Jose Barracuda, appearing in 11 games for the Sharks recording 10 shots and 23 penalty minutes.

"Jeff showed his compete level last season, playing a hard-nosed, physical game," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a team statement. "He is a player who has great character and leadership qualities, being a former captain of his junior team, and we feel that he will push to make the jump to the NHL. We are happy to have him in our organization."

Viel's re-signing might suggest that San Jose will move on from Kurtis Gabriel -- who offers a fairly redundant skill set -- this offseason.

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Meloche, 23, made his NHL debut on Jan. 14 and tallied one assist in seven games with the Sharks last season. He will provide San Jose with organizational depth and will compete for a spot in training camp.

"Nicolas is a steady, reliable presence on the blueline," Wilson said of Meloche. "He continued his development last season with the Barracuda and the Sharks and improved over the course of the season. We feel that he is ready to compete for a spot in our lineup in the NHL."