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June 2, 2010

Sharks sign four prospects

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Monday that the team has signed defenseman Taylor Doherty, center Marek Viedensky, goaltender Harri Sateri and unrestricted free-agent goaltender Carter Hutton. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Doherty, 19, recently completed his third season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.  The 6-foot-7, 220-pound defenseman served as an alternate captain with Kingston and posted 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) placing him first among all Kingston blueliners in each category.  He finished third among OHL defensemen in goals and was 15th in points.  His 114 penalty minutes were second on the team
The native of Cambridge, Ontario,  was selected by San Jose in the second round (57th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Viedensky, 19, split the season between Prince George and Saskatoon in the Western Hockey League.  With 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists) in 61 games, he finished tied for fourth on Saskatoon in points, fifth in goals and tied for third in assists.  He also posted 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 10 playoff games with the Blades and was named the team’s Playoff MVP.
Viedensky represented Slovakia and the World Junior Championships, finishing with six points (one goal, five assists) in six games.
Viedensky was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (189th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Sateri, 20, played in 49 games with Tappara in the Finnish Elite League posting a 2.73 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.  He also helped Tappara advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Sateri was selected by San Jose in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Hutton finished his senior year at UMass-Lowell in 2010, playing in 27 games and posting a 2.04 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage, along with a 13-12-2 record and four shutouts.  He finished fourth among all NCAA goaltenders in goals-against average (which led Hockey East), and his save percentage was third in the nation among goaltenders who played at least 33 percent of their team’s minutes.  He won the Bauer Goaltending Champion Award for the best combined goalie stats in the Conference, as well as being named to the Hockey East Second-Team All-Stars.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Hutton completed his four-year career with the River Hawks with a 34-41-10 record, 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage, including 10 shutouts in 85 collegiate games. He is the school’s all-time leader in GAA (2.33), shutouts (10) and tied for the all-time lead in save percentage (.913).
Hutton was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers in late March after he signed an amateur tryout agreement with Adirondack of the American Hockey League.  He appeared in four games with Adirondack, posting a 1-2-1 record and a 2.71 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Three other players, defenseman Julien Demers (2008, fifth round), Samuel Groulx (2008, fourth round) and Patrick Zakrisson (2007, fifth round) were not signed to contracts and are eligible to re-enter the NHL Entry Draft, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles later this month.

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