The San Jose Sharks signed two young prospects on Friday, but one name should be more recognizable to hockey fan than the other. Rylan Schwartz, the NCAA’s leading goal scorer, was one of the new Sharks signees, along with Eriah Hayes from Minnesota State University.
Schwartz has 53 points at Colorado College this season. The 23-year-old senior is an intriguing prospect and could provide an offense boost if he develops the way his talent suggests he should.
He is also the brother of St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz.
“Rylan had a very impressive season with Colorado College under head coach Scott Owens,” the Sharks said in a press release. “He has improved each of his four collegiate seasons and we look forward to helping him continue to develop and advance his career.
“Eriah has had an outstanding collegiate career under the tutelage of both Mike Hastings and Troy Jutting, along with their staffs, and we are excited to add him to our prospect pool. His leadership this season as one of the team captain’s is something we feel will help him with his professional development, and we are excited to be a part of that process.”
It is highly unlikely that either prospect will contribute on the ice this season, but they will be groomed and potentially get the call to the NHL roster next year.