The San Jose Sharks have signed Massachusetts junior forward John Leonard to an entry-level contract.
Leonard, a Hobey Baker Award finalist and Amherst, Mass., native, was selected by San Jose in the 6th round of the 2018 NHL Draft (182nd overall).
“John is a high-end shooter who is creative with the puck,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “He took big steps in both his fitness level and all-around game and became one of the most dominant offensive players in college hockey this season. We are excited to see his continued growth as a member of the Sharks organization.”
Leonard, 21, finished his junior season with a national-high 27 goals to go with 10 assists in 33 games. He was one of three players in the NCAA this season to register multiple hat tricks. He was named First Team All-CHN.
In his three-year stint with the Minutemen, Leonard scored 105 points (56 goals, 49 assists) in 106 career games. Over the course of his collegiate career, Leonard earned five Hockey East Player of the Week awards and was tabbed the UMass Student-Athlete of the Week five times.
He joins Mitchell Chaffee as UMass underclassmen leaving early.