Player News - Sharks

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Coach Peter DeBoer wants Troy Grosenick to compete with Aaron Dell for the backup job in San Jose this season.

The order will be tall as Dell was terrific last season as the backup to Martin Jones. Grosenick struggled on Saturday as he gave up three goals on six shots to the Coyotes before settling down and stopping 21 of the last 22 shots directed his way. Grosenick inked a two-year/two-way contract with the Sharks in June so don't be surprised if he is with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL at the start of the season.
Sep 24 - 6:34 AM

Mikkel Boedker scored a pair of goals in San Jose’s 5-4 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Boedker joined the Sharks in free agency last off-season, but he had a pretty disappointing year overall. He had just 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games in 2015-16. With Patrick Marleau no longer on the team, the Sharks could use a boost in production from Boedker.
Sep 24 - 12:41 AM

Tomas Hertl picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

There's no doubt that Hertl is a talented player, but that hasn't translated into a big offensive season so far. The 23-year-old had 10 goals and 22 points in 49 games last season, which is pretty disappointing. With Joe Thornton getting older and Patrick Marleau no longer with the Sharks, San Jose will need younger players, like Hertl, to start producing with more regularity.
Sep 22 - 12:57 AM

Aaron Dell stopped all 24 Ducks shots in a 5-0 victory on Tuesday.

Dell will likely enter the season as the Sharks' backup goaltender, but Troy Grosenick might give him a run for his money. That makes Dell's shutout to open the preseason of particular note. "He looks like he’s picked up where he left off last year," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Dell. "That’s not an easy game to play. You’re not getting a lot of work and then you get a flurry of work. But he’s fundamentally so sound. He made some big saves when we needed them. The momentum could have shifted if he hadn’t and that’s what we’re used to with him."
Sep 20 - 5:30 AM

Daniel O'Reagan scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The 23-year-old made his NHL debut last season, as he had one goal in three games with the Sharks. O'Reagan spent most of the season with San Jose's AHL affiliate. He had an impressive 23 goals and 58 points in 63 games in the minors last season. It'll be tough for him to earn a roster spot at the start of the year, but he could still see a few games in the NHL this season.
Sep 20 - 12:37 AM

Colby McAuley has been cut from the San Jose Sharks' training camp roster.

McAuley was transferred to AHL Barracuda as a result. He had 26 goals, 55 points, and 87 penalty minutes in 68 WHL contests last season.
Sep 19 - 9:35 AM

Alexander True has been sent to AHL Barracuda.

True had 25 goals and 40 points in 66 WHL games last season. He wasn't expected to make the Sharks' opening game roster, so it's not surprising to see that he's among the Sharks' first training camp cuts.
Sep 19 - 9:34 AM

Tomas Hertl could be San Jose's third-line center at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Coach Pete DeBoer may be leaning to pairing Hertl with Timo Meier on the third unit. "We're putting together training camp teams," said DeBoer. "What our lines are going to be are way down the road for where I'm at right now. We're implementing our system and our identity and our structure." Nothing is set in stone yet, but Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski could make up the top duo, while Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi would form another.
Sep 18 - 6:03 PM

It appears as though Joonas Donskoi will be paired with Logan Couture when the 2017-18 regular season begins.

Donskoi only had six goals and 17 points in 61 games last season, so obviously he will need to be much better to cement his place on the second line. He has enjoyed some success with Couture in the past and that chemistry could help him get back on track.
Sep 18 - 5:57 PM

Jannik Hansen opened training camp on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

The Sharks went through eight different left wingers on the line last season. Tomas Hertl and Melker Karlsson have skated there in the past and they have had some success. Paul Gackle|of the San Jose Mercury News thinks the team should give Daniel O'Regan a look on the first unit even though he admits that the winger is probably a long shot to make the Sharks' roster out of camp.

Timo Meier scored a pair of goals in Sunday's San Jose Sharks scrimmage.

Meier missed last year's scrimmage because he was dealing with mononucleosis, but he's healthy now. "He had a good scrimmage," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "This is a process and we’re not handing out any jobs in the first scrimmage. But it was nice. There was a lot of good stuff. Timo was a part of that." The 20-year-old had three goals and three assists in 34 games last season.
Sep 18 - 8:25 AM

Tim Heed has a real shot of making the Sharks' opening game roster.

Joakim Ryan is his primary competition for that opening. This is a battle worth keeping an eye on because both blueliners are offensively gifted, though Heed is particularly strong in that regard. Heed had 14 goals and 56 points in 55 AHL contests last season. "He sees the whole ice," AHL Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer said of Heed. "On the offensive blue line, he’ll find guys off to the side where most guys will shoot it, and he’s got a bomb, too." The question about Heed is if he can hold his own defensively at the NHL level. Those concerns might end up costing him the roster spot, but it's still too early to say.
Sep 17 - 11:11 AM

Dylan DeMelo is likely to start the 2017-18 campaign on the Sharks' third pairing.

Nothing has been guaranteed of course, but it does seem like the roster spot is DeMelo's to lose at this point. DeMelo split the 2016-17 campaign between the AHL and NHL with him scoring a goal and eight points in 25 contests at the higher level.
Sep 17 - 11:06 AM

Joe Thornton was a full participant in practice Friday and said his knee feels 100 percent.

"I rehabbed hard this summer and the knee feels great, to be honest with you," Thornton said. "The knee feels good. I feel 100 percent, ready to compete." The veteran forward had surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee just under five months ago.
Sep 15 - 5:42 PM

Filip Sandberg thinks he can follow in the footsteps of Joonas Donskoi, Marcus Sorensen and Melker Karlsson and make the jump to the NHL after impressing at the Sharks prospect showcase.

"Of course, you see the possibilities, like you can make it here. They played in the SHL, the Swedish League, and I know that's a pretty good league in Sweden," he said. "I feel prepared to come here being that I played for five years in Sweden." Sandberg will face plenty of competition for a roster spot though and he'll probably have to outperform Kevin Labanc, Danny O'Regan and Barclay Goodrow to stay with the Sharks.
Sep 13 - 4:02 PM


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