Max Véronneau ’19 signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League on April 14.
This is Véronneau’s second contract in the NHL, as he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of college by the Ottawa Senators in 2019. Véronneau is coming off a highly productive season with Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where he led the league in goals (34) and was second in points (60), en route to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Véronneau played all four years at Princeton, totaling 52 goals and 92 assists for 144 points in 130 games. His best year came as a junior in 2017–2018, where he scored 17 goals and dished out 38 assists for 55 points in 36 games. During that year, the team won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship. For his career, he ranks second in school history in assists and fourth in points.
Despite going undrafted, he was signed to an entry-level contract by the Senators for the remainder of the 2018–2019 season, tallying two goals and two assists in 12 games. In 2019–2020, he played only four NHL games, failing to register a point. Over the course of those two years, Véronneau also played 36 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) split between the Belleville Senators and Toronto Marlies, scoring just five goals.
Véronneau left North America for Sweden in the 2020–2021 season, signing with IK Oskarshamn. In his first year in the SHL, he tallied 12 goals and six assists in 25 games for 18 points. For the 2021–2022 season, Véronneau signed with Leksands IF, where he had his breakout year.
The performance earned him a contract with the San Jose Sharks, who currently sit in second-to-last place in the Pacific Division with 70 points and will miss the playoffs this season. Véronneau will attempt to break into a Sharks’ forward core that is a mix of veterans on long-term contracts and young players fighting for NHL ice time.
Ben Burns is an Associate Sports Editor at the ‘Prince’ who typically covers basketball, hockey, and soccer. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @bwburns5_.