SAN JOSE -- Forward Tyler Kennedy is eager to become a member of the Sharks but is still at a loss as to why things did not work out with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Sharks traded their second-round pick at No. 50 overall in Sunday's NHL draft to the Penguins for Kennedy, a sixth-year winger who is set to become a restricted free agent Tuesday.

Kennedy, 26, had six goals and five assists in 46 games for Pittsburgh this season, and had two goals and three assists in nine playoff games. The Penguins played 15 playoff games and reached the Eastern Conference final before they were swept by Boston in four games.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Kennedy, who made $2 million this season with the Penguins, said he had a feeling his career with Pittsburgh was ending after his exit meeting with the team's management.

"I thought I had a great playoff, and I'm kind of stumped. I'm really kind of lost why they didn't play me more," Kennedy said Sunday. "I think I'm a great player, and I'm not sure. You'd have to ask them, I really don't know."

In 372 NHL games, all with Pittsburgh, Kennedy, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has 76 goals and 92 assists and 181 penalty minutes. He scored a career-high 21 goals in 2010-11. In 76 career playoff games, he has 12 goals, 15 assists and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

"I've been in quite a few playoff games, and I know how to win in the playoffs," Kennedy said. "I think I'm a pretty confident player going into the playoffs, I've been there before and I know what It takes to win, and I know what I have to do to do try and help the team."

Kennedy's only connection to the Sharks is being teammates with Andrew Desjardins with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

"It's going to be very interesting," Kennedy said of joining the Sharks. "It does happen over a career, and you have to know how to experience it. It's part of being a pro and wherever you go, just try and be an impact player and do your best."

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