Sharks sign seven, including Cup champ Mink

The San Jose Sharks, parent club of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, announced on Friday the signings of forwards Graham Mink, Joe Pavelski and Scott Parker, defensemen Scott Ferguson and Rob Davison and goalies Dimitri Patzold and Taylor Dakers.

Mink, 27, played 43 regular-season games with the Hershey Bears in 2005-06, producing 21 goals and 19 assists. Mink added 21 points (8g, 13a) in 21 playoff contests as the Bears captured the Calder Cup championship.

A native of Stowe, Vt., Mink has appeared in five career NHL games, all with Washington, including three last season. In 301 career AHL contests with Portland and Hershey, he has registered 187 points (96g, 91a) and 375 penalty minutes.

Patzold, 23, has spent the last three seasons with the Cleveland Barons, compiling a record of 38-52-5 in 101 appearances. Last season, the former fourth-round draft choice (2001) of the Sharks was 10-21-0 in 33 outings.

Dakers, 19, was a fifth-round draft pick by San Jose in 2005. He posted a 30-15-1 record during the 2005-06 regular season for the Kootenay Ice (WHL), leading the league in save percentage (.928) and finishing third with eight shutouts.

Pavelski, 22, played two seasons at the University of Wisconsin, helping the Badgers win the NCAA championship in 2006. He finished the 2005-06 season leading the school in assists (33), points (56), game-winning goals (6), multi-point games (15), power-play goals (11) and power play points (27).

A 2003 draft pick by the Sharks, Pavelski totaled 101 points (39g, 62a) in 82 games during his two collegiate seasons.

In 2005-06, Ferguson, 33, appeared in 46 games for the AHL’s Houston Aeros, where he posted 13 points (five goals, eight assists), 105 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating.

The native of Camrose, Alta., also played 15 NHL games for Minnesota last season.

A 12-year pro, Ferguson has played 538 career AHL contests with Houston, Hamilton, Cincinnati and Cape Breton, registering 41 goals and 135 assists for 176 points. He has added 21 points (7g, 14a) in 218 NHL matches.

Davison has played 139 games with San Jose after three AHL seasons with Kentucky and Cleveland. Parker has played five NHL seasons after skating for the Hershey Bears from 1998-2000.