San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jacob Middleton to to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"Jacob really took a big step forward this past season in his first year of professional hockey and we're excited with his progress with the Barracuda," said Sharks Assistant General Manager and San Jose Barracuda General Manager Joe Will. "He signed with the Barracuda prior to last season despite the fact he still had junior eligibility, and his development really took off under Barracuda Head Coach Roy Sommer and his staff. His skill set, coupled with an impressive work ethic made him an integral piece on the blueline in our AHL playoff run and we're excited to see him take his game to the next level again next season."

Middleton, 21, posted nine points (one goal, eight assists), 56 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating in 50 games with the Barracuda last season.