San Jose is doubling down Friday on WCHA free agents.
According to multiple writers, the Sharks have signed Colorado College senior forward Rylan Schwartz to a two year, two-way contract. He joins Minnesota State senior Eriah Hayes, who signed a two-year deal earlier today.
"Rylan had a very impressive season with Colorado College under head coach Scott Owens," executive vice president and general manager Doug Wilson told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "He has improved each of his four collegiate seasons and we look forward to helping him continue to develop and advance his career."
Schwartz, a 5'10" forward who went undrafted, leads the nation in scoring with 53 points (20G-23A) in 41 games for the Tigers. It's the fourth straight year he has improved his offensive numbers, which include 2 years playing alongside his younger brother Jaden (currently a member of the St. Louis Blues).
Although the 23 year-old scored in all 3 WCHA Final Five games, Colorado College lost to Wisconsin in the championship and came up one game short of making the NCAA Tournament. Regardless, Tigers head coach Scott Owens was impressed with the leadership.
"It's a group of 7 guys from all different backgrounds," Scott Owens said about his senior class, including Schwartz, last month. "Some of them have been up and down a little bit, but they've really pulled together this last couple months,"
Schwartz, who attended San Jose's prospect development camp last summer, will report Saturday to the Sharks' AHL affiliate in Worcester.