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Harvard's Patrick McNally Signs with San Jose Sharks

Matt Dewkett

Last week, the Vancouver Canucks said they would not be signing Harvard senior defenseman Patrick McNally. Rather than losing McNally to free agency in August for nothing, the Canucks were able to trade McNally's rights to the San Jose Sharks for the 210th overall pick in last weekend's NHL Draft, which they used to select WHL defenseman Tate Olson.

On Thursday, the Sharks announced that they had signed McNally to an entry-level contract.

In San Jose's press release, general manager Doug Wilson said the following of McNally:

"Patrick is a player we have had our eye on for some time now. He has been a very productive collegiate defenseman and Head Coach Ted Donato and the Harvard staff have done a tremendous job preparing him to take the next step. We're excited for him to continue his development with our organization."

We ranked McNally as the 51st-best NHL prospect in college hockey last season.