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Joel Ward | Winger | #42

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
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The final diagnosis on Joel Ward's shoulder is not as bad as initially feared, and the veteran forward has been given a day-to-day timeline.
Ward was initially believed to be dealing with a separated shoulder but that is not the case. He admits he got "lucky" and is hopeful to be back "soon". However with just 11 points in 46 games this season, the veteran forward has no fantasy upside. Feb 10 - 2:35 PM

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Joel Ward is out indefinitely due to an unspecified injury.

Ward sustained the injury midway through Thursday's game when he was smashed into the board by Nate Schmidt. It looked like Ward was favoring his right shoulder before he left the ice. "It’s as dangerous a play as there can be in hockey. We all know the dangers of concussions, but head first into the boards is, I would put that at the top of the list," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "Again, I’m just speechless by it, I don’t know what the call is. Is it two-minute boarding? It’s something, though. You’ve got a veteran guy that’s out with a significant injury, that’s the disappointing part."
Feb 9 - 6:05 PM

Joel Ward scored a goal with a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's 3-1 setback at Colorado.

The Sharks aren't going to win many games when the checking line forward is providing all of the offense. He has points in back-to-back games for the third time this season, but just four goals and 11 points across 45 outings this season. His fantasy appeal remains limited to the deepest pools at this point.
Feb 7 - 1:12 AM

Joel Ward will draw back in Monday afternoon versus Los Angeles.

Ward was a healthy scratch Saturday. He has produced just four goals and eight points in 33 games this season. Marcus Sorensen, who is back with the team from the minors. will head to the press box instead.
Jan 15 - 2:18 PM

Joel Ward will be a healthy scratch for Saturday night's game against Arizona.

He will be joined in the press box by Jannik Hansen, Paul Martin and Dylan DeMelo. Adjust your rosters accordingly.
Jan 13 - 2:04 PM

Joel Ward was a healthy scratch against the Senators Friday night.

It was just to give the veteran forward a night off. Ward should be back in the lineup Sunday against the Jets.
Jan 6 - 1:39 PM

Joel Ward scored a goal midway through the third period to help the Sharks defeat the Ducks 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday night.

Ward has now scored two goals in three games since sitting out five consecutive games as a healthy scratch. He has just the two points in eight games on the season. The Sharks are looking for him to regain his 20-goal season form, but he has to get going soon if he has any hope of reaching that plateau.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 01:27:00 AM

Joel Ward will get back in the lineup Monday night.

Ward hasn't played since Oct. 7 and he has appeared in only two contests this season. Barclay Goodrow will also dress against the Rangers, while Tim Meier and Jannik Hansen will be scratched.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 01:58:00 PM

Joel Ward will be a healthy scratch for a fifth straight game as the Sharks will face off against the New York Islanders.

Joel Ward has yet to register a point this season and has a minus-2 rating so far. He'll be in the press box alongside Barclay Goodrow and Dylan Demelo.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 06:51:00 PM

Joel Ward is a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

This will be Ward's fourth consecutive game in the press box. He has no points and a minus-2 rating in two games this season. Barclay Goodrow and Dylan DeMelo will also watch the game from the press box.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Joel Ward (shoulder) hasn't gotten into a preseason game yet.

Ward underwent shoulder surgery over the summer. He has been practicing during training camp, but obviously getting into a game would be a better test. San Jose still has two contests before the start of the regular season, so he could get into one of those games.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:09:00 AM

Joel Ward has undergone shoulder surgery.

Ward was dealing with a minor shoulder injury during the 2017-18 campaign. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 78 contests this season. He should be fine for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Fri, May 19, 2017 04:39:00 PM

Joel Ward is getting Saturday's game off.

That will allow Ward to rest before the playoffs. He found the back of the net in each of his previous two games.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 10:06:00 PM

Joel Ward scored the game winning goal Tuesday night as the Sharks devoured the Canucks 3-1.

The most notable thing about this game winning goal is that it was scored at the 30-second mark of the first. Ward’s goal came only 12 seconds after Kevin Labanc sunk a puck only 18 seconds into the game. This was the fastest in franchise history that the Sharks scored two goals.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 01:45:00 AM

Joel Ward has been in a real scoring funk.

He has not registered a point in eight games and has only 27 in 75 games this season. This is quite a fall from the 43 points he recorded in his first campaign in San Jose. We are not surprised, however, that Ward has regressed as we thought 2015-16 was an aberration for him.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 01:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Logan Couture
2Joe Thornton
3Tomas Hertl
4Chris Tierney
LW1Kevin Labanc
2Timo Meier
3Mikkel Boedker
4Brandon Mashinter
5Jannik Hansen
6Melker Karlsson
7Joachim Blichfeld
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Barclay Goodrow
5Daniel O'Regan
6Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Tim Heed
6Dylan DeMelo
7Joakim Ryan
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell