The San Jose Sharks have signed defenceman Dalton Prout to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Prout, 29, played 20 games for the Calgary Flames last season, scoring one goal, one assist and a plus-one rating. He also played four games with Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, where he recorded one goal, three points and eight penalty minutes.
“Dalton is a very smart defenseman who has shown he can move the puck cleanly under pressure and keep his turnover rates low,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a press release. “We believe his ability to hold the defensive zone blue line is underrated and that he is one of the best at limiting net-front rebounds by effectively using his size and stick. We’re excited to add his responsible defensive play to our blue line.”
Before his time in the NHL, Prout played 286 games in the Ontario Hockey League for the Sarnia Sting, Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit. The Kingsville, Ont. native was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, 154th overall.