The San Jose Sharks confirmed on Monday morning, via the team’s official Twitter account, that unrestricted free agent Tim Clifton has inked an entry-level deal with the club out of his fourth and final season at Quinnipiac University.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Clifton skated with the EJHL’s Jersey Hitmen before heading to the NCAA to play at Quinnipiac in 2013.
A native of Matawan, New Jersey, the 24-year-old forward would spend all four eligible years skating for the ECAC college, although his junior season ultimately stands out as his best offensively. He put up over a point-per-game in the 2015-16 campaign, recording 19 goals and 43 points in 39 games in the process.
This year, the senior put up 13 goals and 25 points in 39 games.
The Sharks have met with success for NCAA forward Daniel O’Reagan this year, as he sits on 52 points in 54 games for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.
That may be part of why San Jose inked Clifton – but more likely, they’re looking for some minor league depth next year as they attempt to add some youth to their NHL roster. Clifton, with four years of college hockey experience, could serve as a solid addition to the Barracuda next season.