The San Jose Sharks announced that the have signed Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi to new contracts on May 12th. Karlsson signed a three-year contract while Donskoi was signed to a two-year contract. Both players are in their twenties and have a lot to offer the team. Although both had a bit of a decline this a past season, they also suffered injuries that sidelined them for a bit.
Donskoi came into his sophomore season on a high. He scored the overtime winning goal in game 3 of the Stanley Cup final and contributed 12 points in the 23 games of the Sharks playoff run. He also surpassed expectations by scoring 36 points. Donskoi uses the longest stick allowed which gives him extra reach. He suffered an upper body injury and was a healthy scratch for some games. Time will tell if he can return to his rookie scoring touch.
Karlsson has been with the team for three years now. He is more of a role player that can be inserted to play on any line. Karlsson suffered from a shoulder, ankle and head injury this season allowing him to only suit up for 67 games. Karlsson only had 22 points total in the 2016-17 the Sharks are going to need him to step up and contribute more.