Sharks ink former first-rounders Sheppard, Petrecki

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The San Jose Sharks have agreed to contract extensions with former first-round selections Nick Petrecki and James Sheppard.

Sheppard, 24, signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $825,000. Taken ninth overall by Minnesota at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Sheppard appeared in 224 games with the Wild before being flipped to San Jose in August 2011.

Sheppard has yet to appear for the Sharks, spending all his time with AHL Worcester.

Petrecki, 23, also signed a one-year, two-way deal (worth $650,00). The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defenseman was taken by San Jose in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft — 28th overall — but has yet to make his NHL debut.

He’s spent the last four seasons in Worcester and in 2012 won the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, given to the AHL man of the year for service in his local community.

(Image courtesy SharksAHL.com)