Joe Pavelski was drafted in 2003 by the San Jose Sharks in the 7th round. Pavelski was playing junior hockey for the Waterloo Black Hawks. After being drafted, Pavelski went to the University of Wisconsin for two seasons before starting his pro career in the AHL in 2006. Pavelski made his debut in the NHL in 2006, playing 46 games. Pavelski grabbed 14 goals and 14 assists in his rookie season.
In his second season, Pavelski skated in all 82 games, showing great durability, and produced 40 points during the season. His numbers only went up from there, the following season Pavelski totalled 59 points. Pavelski had become a key piece to the system in San Jose. He had become a part of a team that included the likes of Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.
Pavelski had his best season in 2010-2011. He scored 20 goals and added 46 assists in 74 games. He’s been a solid contributor in the playoffs throughout the years for the Sharks as well. Pavelski has skated in 74 playoff games, and has put up 50 points.
Joe Pavelski is entering the final year of his current contract, and to make sure he didn’t hit free agency next summer, the Sharks locked him up for another five seasons after this one. The deal is worth $30 million and will pay Pavelski an even $6 million a season for the entirety of the contract. This is the second of the Sharks major resignings this offseason. Logan Couture was resigned to a 5 year, $30 million contract as well. With Couture and Pavelski locked up, the Sharks will remain contenders for years to come.
Pavelski was drafted 205th overall in 2003, and has reached his full potential and more in the NHL. He’s a solid go to player in the Sharks line-up, and was just rewarded for it with a good sized contract. Pavelski is truly a diamond in the rough.