San Jose, CA – Swiss Olympian Vincent Praplan has signed a standard entry-level contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
Fresh off an outstanding performance in Peyonchang at the 2018 Winter Olympics with the Swiss Men’s Hockey Team, Praplan joins the Sharks organization for the playoff run.
“Vincent is a highly skilled playmaker who can play any forward position,” said Sharks GM, Doug Wilson. “We saw first-hand at our rookie tournament last summer what he can do with the puck and think he will fit perfectly within our puck pressure system. His speed allows him to be a threat on the penalty kill, and his offensive instincts make him an asset on the power play. We’re excited for him to join our organization.
Praplan, 23, started the season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss-based NLA league and had 15-24-39 points in 47 games.
He started his career as a CHL Import selection in 2013 (2nd round, 92nd overall) with the OHL’s North Bay Battalion where he helped lead the club to the J. Ross Robertson Cup Finals vs the Guelph Storm.
Internationally, the forward has represented his native Switzerland several times, including the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 World Championship (named a Top 3 Player on his team), the 2014 World Jr. Championship and the 2011-12 Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
The Sierre, Switzerland native participated in the Sharks’ 2017 Training Camp prior to the 2017-18 season.