SAN JOSE—The Sharks have closed a one-year deal with Brandon Mashinter, 28, who most recently played for the Chicago Blackhawks’ affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will announced the signing on Monday, September 11.

Last season with the IceHogs, Mashinter had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, along with a minus-20 rating and 70 penalty minutes in 61 games. He was appointed the team’s MVP, ranked T-1st in goals, T-3rd in points, fourth in power play goals (4 total), and 8th in assists. Mashinster has a total of 471 AHL games, 232 points (115 goals and 117 assists), a minus-35 rating, and 608 penalty minutes under his belt.

Since the 2009-2010 season, Mashinter has played for the Worcester Sharks, the Connecticut Whale (now the Hartford Wolf Pack), and the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliates of the Sharks, New York Rangers, and Blackhawks, respectively, in that order. To date, he has made a total of 64 NHL appearances with those three teams (13 with the Sharks in 2010-2011, including his NHL debut on December 29, 2010, 10 with the Rangers from 2012-2014, and 41 with the Blackhawks in 2015-2016). His NHL totals include 64 games, five points (four goals and an assist), a minus-12 rating, and 50 penalty minutes.

Before his affiliation with the NHL, Mashinter, who hails from Bradford, Ontario spent a total of six seasons (2003-2009) in the OHL (previously the OJPHL) with the Thornhill Major Islanders (later the Thornhill Thunderbirds, currently the Orangeville Flyers), Sarnia Sting, Kitchener Rangers, and Belleville Blues.

“Brandon brings a veteran presence to our group and his power forward style of play and leadership qualities will be nice complements to our organization’s depth. He has worn a letter each of the last two seasons, and his combination of size and skill earned him his team’s MVP honors last season. We are obviously familiar with him both on and off the ice and are excited to welcome him back to San Jose,” Will said of the left winger.