Why Tommy Wingels Fits In Well With the San Jose Sharks’ Future Plans

July 10th, 2014 by Brad Kurtzberg Leave a reply »

The San Jose Sharks re-signed restricted free-agent forward Tommy Wingels to a new three-year contract worth $7.4 million on Monday.

The move makes sense as part of the Sharks' rebuilding program. If you look at the moves general manager Doug Wilson has made so far, they revolve around parting with veterans like Brad Stuart and Martin Havlat while emphasizing more youth, heart and grit.

Wingels adds both grit and versatility. He plays the role of a checking forward, but did manage to score a career-high 16 goals and 38 points last season in 77 games for San Jose. Wingels was a plus-11 for the season.

He also led the Sharks with 218 hits, 73 more than the next closest Shark on the roster.

The Evanston, Illinois, native can play both center and wing. While he fits in best with the bottom-six forwards, Wingels also saw time on the second power-play unit and recorded five assists on the man advantage.

Wingels also is one of the Sharks' best penalty-killers. He tied for the team lead with two short-handed goals and averaged one minute and 16 seconds of ice time per game on the penalty kill ...

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