Sharks re-sign Mitchell, Staubitz

The San Jose Sharks, parent club of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, announced Tuesday that the team has re-signed Group II restricted free agents Torrey Mitchell to a three-year contract and Brad Staubitz to a one-year contract, as well as free agent center Benn Ferriero to a two-year contract.

In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Mitchell, 24, missed the 2008-09 NHL regular season due to a broken leg. He played in four games of the 2009 Western Conference Quarterfinals versus Anaheim, and saw action in two AHL games with Worcester, tallying one goal.

Mitchell played the entire 2007-08 season with San Jose, posting 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and 50 penalty minutes while skating in all 82 games. In 17 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, he has notched three points (one goal, two assists) and tallied 12 penalty minutes. He was named the Sharks’ rookie of the year.

The Greenfield Park, Que., native was originally selected by San Jose in the fourth round (126th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He made his pro debut with Worcester late in the 2006-07 season, tallying two goals and five assists in 11 games.

Staubitz, 24, appeared in 35 games with San Jose in 2008-09, registering three points (one goal, two assists) and finishing fourth on the team with 76 penalty minutes. He made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 17 at Nashville, where he received a fighting major on his first shift. He scored his first career goal on Jan. 9 vs. Edmonton.

In 38 games with Worcester last season, Staubitz recorded five assists and 130 penalty minutes. The six-foot-one, 210-pound right winger was signed as a free agent by the Sharks on Sept. 19, 2005. He has totaled seven goals, 29 assists and 707 PIM in 233 AHL games over the last four seasons.

Ferriero, 22, recently completed his senior season at Boston College in 2008-09 posting 26 points (8g, 18a) in 37 games. In four seasons at Boston College, he appeared in 165 games and recorded 139 points (64-75=139) and won the national championship in 2007-08.

He finished his career ranked fifth on Boston College’s all-time games played list, 26th in goals and 30th in points.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound native of Boston was originally selected by Phoenix in the seventh round (196th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.