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James Sheppard | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
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James Sheppard has been released by Columbus from his professional tryout agreement.
Sheppard had a tough road ahead of him to make the Blue Jackets, but he was intrigued by the team and hoped to be a part of it. He might end up having to settle for a two-way contract with another franchise that intends to have him start in the minors and potentially call him up in the event of an injury. Sep 25 - 3:59 PM

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Although the Columbus Blue Jackets might be a difficult team for him to earn a roster spot on, James Sheppard was particularly interested in joining their camp.

Sheppard accepted a professional tryout offer from Columbus over other teams. "The real superstars are just starting to emerge, with Foligno and Johansen, guys like that," Sheppard said. "But there’s not a name on this team that can’t be a top player. And the management … just hearing them talk about how they want to do things. They haven't achieved anything here yet, but I know they’re going to. It's exciting to see the big-time talent and the right kind of confidence that's here. I would love to be part of that. To me it is unique." Columbus was devastated by injuries last season, but it certainly is a team that could bounce back in a big way if it just enjoys a little bit more luck in the injury department. That said, we have our doubts that James Sheppard will be a part of that team.
Sep 19 - 9:15 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly handed winger James Sheppard a professional tryout contract.

The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reported the news, and also noted that he believes that Sheppard and Antti Philstrom may struggle to gain a spot on the roster. Sheppard, 27, scored two goals in 14 regular season games and a goal plus an assist in 13 postseason contests with the New York Rangers last season; he spent most of 2014-15 with the San Jose Sharks, though.
Sep 5 - 5:51 PM

James Sheppard still hasn't signed a contract this off-season.

The 27-year-old split time with the Sharks and Rangers in 2014-15. From a statistical standpoint, Sheppard didn't have a very good season. He scored seven goals and 18 points in 71 games last year. The former sixth overall pick in 2006 may be forced to accept a pro tryout before training camps open in September.
Aug 23 - 8:10 AM

Forwards James Sheppard and Ryan Bourque will be joined by defender Chris Summers in the press box for Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sheppard's scratching is a bit of a surprise considering he's played 13 games this postseason, and scored in Game 6. More curiously, he was replaced by defender Matt Hunwick. Meaning the Rangers are running 11 forwards and seven defenders in Friday's do-or-die Eastern Conference Final game.
May 29 - 8:15 PM

James Sheppard was credited the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead early in the third period with assists going to Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. The goal was his first of the 2015 playoffs and it was his first point since Game 6 against Washington in Round 2. Sheppard also logged a team-low 8:35 of ice time on Tuesday night.
May 27 - 10:35 AM

James Sheppard will be in the Rangers lineup for a third consecutive game Monday night for Game 3 against the Capitals.

With Mats Zuccarello out indefinitely due to an upper body injury, Sheppard has been inserted into the Rangers lineup for the first three games of their series with the Capitals. He has yet to score a point in Games 1 and 2 while recording just two shots. He is slated to play on the fourth line with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore once again.
May 4 - 5:24 PM

James Sheppard is projected to play in Game 1 when the Rangers begin the second round of the playoffs against the Islanders or Capitals.

He is slated to play on the fourth line because of an injury to Mats Zuccarello. Sheppard was a healthy scratch for New York's first five playoff games.
Apr 27 - 2:23 PM

There will not be any line up changes for the Rangers as they look to eliminate the Penguins on Friday night in Game Five.

James Sheppard and Chris Summers will remain scratched while Kevin Klein is not yet ready to return from his broken arm. Of the three, only Klein is worth a flyer if/when he returns. He may have just 13 points in 53 career playoff games, but he set career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 games this season.
Apr 24 - 6:01 PM

Forward James Sheppard and defenseman Chris Summers will watch from the press box in game 4 Wednesday night against the Penguins.

The Rangers, unlike almost every other playoff team, has not called up any minor leaguers for the playoff experience, so just Sheppard and Summers will be listed as healthy scratches for Game 4. Neither player has dressed in the series against the Pens and barring an injury, you can continue to expect the Rangers to keep the same lineup each game.
Apr 22 - 5:13 PM

James Sheppard will once again be a healthy scratch for Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault was considering inserting Sheppard in place of Tanner Glass but will instead keep the same lineup from Games 1 and 2. After being acquired from the Sharks earlier in the year at the NHL trade deadline, Sheppard has had a hard time cracking the Rangers lineup on a regular basis, playing in only 14 games while scoring just two goals. Chris Summers will also remain a scratch for the Rangers Monday night.
Apr 20 - 7:03 PM

James Sheppard and Chris Summers will be healthy scratches in game one of their first round series against Pittsburgh.

Kevin Klein (arm) still isn't ready to return to New York's lineup. Summers was acquired from Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade, but played sparingly for his new team. Sheppard skated in 71 games this season and he finished with seven goals and 18 points.
Apr 16 - 7:04 PM

James Sheppard will play in place of Mats Zuccarello, whose dealing with "overall body soreness" on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Sheppard has been a healthy scratch each of the past three games, but hasn't produced much since coming over from the Sharks. In 11 games with the Rangers since the trade deadline, Shappard has posted a goal, a fight, and 23 hits.
Source: Jim Cerny
Apr 7 - 6:10 PM

James Sheppard will be scratched against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

It'll be Sheppard's second straight game in the stands. Through 11 games with the Rangers since coming over at the trade deadline, Shappard has posted a goal, a fight, and 23 hits. Coach Vigneault has stated that Sheppard will play again before the regular season ends, but has not indicated possibly when.
Apr 4 - 6:00 PM

James Sheppard will spend Thursday's game in the press box.

Martin St. Louis is returning from an MCL injury, so Sheppard was the odd man out. Sheppard has six goals and 17 points in 68 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 2 - 11:20 AM

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