Sharks sign 2007 first-round pick Couture

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:04 PM SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Logan Couture realized his dream of being drafted by an NHL team last month. Now he officially is a member of the league.

Couture, who was selected ninth overall by the San Jose Sharks on June 22, on Thursday signed a contract with the team.

Terms were not disclosed.

A native of London, Ontario, Couture completed his second season with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67s in 2006-07, recording 26 goals and a team-leading 52 assists in 54 games. In the playoffs, the 18-year-old led the 67s with eight points in five contests.

As an OHL rookie in 2005-06, the 6-1, 195-pound Couture registered 25 tallies and 39 assists in 65 games.

"We've followed Logan's career, and he comes from a great program," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "(Ottawa coach) Brian Kilrea and his staff always do a great job developing players.

"We worked hard to acquire Logan in the draft and we truly look forward to his progression as a player. He is a fine young man, and we are happy to have him as part of our organization."

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