Player News - Sharks

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The San Jose Sharks have cut Jeffrey Viel from their training camp roster.

Viel had 39 goals, 62 points, and 127 penalty minutes in 58 QMJHL games in 2017-18. This will be the 21-year-old's first pro campaign.
Sep 20 - 2:34 PM

Zach Frye is no longer on San Jose's training camp roster.

Frye will report to the AHL's San Jose Barracuda instead. He had 34 points and 100 penalty minutes in 35 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks last season. He also recorded two assists and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games at the AHL level.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

Matt Fonteyne has been sent to the minors.

Fonteyne had been participating in the Sharks' training camp. He scored 35 goals and 88 points in 72 WHL games in 2017-18, but will likely play in the AHL this season.
Sep 20 - 2:30 PM

Max Paddock has been released from San Jose's training camp roster.

Paddock will start the season in the WHL, as anticipated. He posted a 2.90 GAA and .904 save percentage in 33 games with the WHL's Regina Pats last season.
Sep 20 - 2:28 PM

As far as Erik Karlsson's contract situation goes, he's not looking beyond the 2018-19 campaign yet.

San Jose recently acquired Karlsson, who has a season left on his contract, from the Ottawa Senators. While the Sharks likely hope to turn this into more than a rental, it's not surprising that Karlsson wants some time to settle in before making any decisions about his future. This could be a very special season for Karlsson and the Sharks though. San Jose looked like a strong team before the trade and now they arguably have the two best offensive defensemen in the league in Karlsson and Brent Burns. "I see this as an extremely motivating challenge to grow as a player and as a person," Karlsson said. "I think, from everything so far, I’m going to have a great opportunity to do that here."
Sep 20 - 6:14 AM

Erik Karlsson was paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic at Wednesday's practice.

This marked Karlsson's first session as a member of the Sharks following his trade from the Ottawa Senators. Brent Burns is slated to be paired with Justin Braun, who he skated with on Wednesday, or Joakim Ryan, who had the day off after he played on Tuesday night.
Sep 19 - 2:06 PM

Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray had a shot at acquiring Erik Karlsson from Ottawa, but didn't want to get him with only a year left on his contract.

"You’re not going to trade for him for one year," Murray said. "You’ve got to be able to think you can sign him going forward and I just didn’t feel we would be in a position to sign him going forward. That’s the way it is right now with our hockey team." The Ducks only have a little over $6 million in cap space available and already have $69 million committed to players in 2019-20, so they're not in a good position to sign another superstar for the long term. Still, it must have hurt to see Karlsson traded to the rival San Jose Sharks instead.
Sep 19 - 11:35 AM

Ivan Chekhovich posted two goals with an assist, a plus-4 rating and six shots on goal in Tuesday's preseason victory against the Ducks.

Chekhovich posted 29 goals and 31 assists in 65 games at the QMJHL level last season before adding three goals and six assists in six games with the organization's AHL affiliate in San Jose. If he continues to produce like he did Tuesday, he might force his way onto the team's regular season roster to start. He has a ton of offensive skill and could be a nice late-round fantasy sleeper who pays big dividends.
Sep 19 - 3:18 AM

Barclay Goodrow posted a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating with three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason victory against the visiting Ducks.

Goodrow will be challenging for a bottom-six forward spots and he isn't someone to target in most fantasy pools on draft day. While he had a career high in points in 2017-18, he finished with seven goals and 14 points in 47 games. The 25-year-old still has a ways to go to fantasy relevance.
Sep 19 - 3:14 AM

Erik Karlsson will join the Sharks for practice on Wednesday.

The Sharks will hold a press conference in the afternoon to officially introduce Karlsson to the media. He was acquired from the Ottawa Senators last Thursday.
Sep 18 - 4:06 PM

Antti Suomela is looking to play with the Sharks after leading the Finnish league in points last season.

The 24-year-old had 21 goals and 60 points to lead the SM-liiga by 14 points in the scoring race. While he won't be a top-two center in San Jose as Joe Thornton and Logan Couture have those spots sewn up, he could be the Sharks third line center or start the season in the minors and get plenty of ice time. Stay tuned.
Sep 17 - 8:33 AM

Vincent Praplan was impressive in scrimmage Sunday.

The Swiss forward was in Sharks camp last season as an unsigned free agent and returned to Switzerland where he had 39 points in 47 games for Kloten and played for the Swiss side in the Olympics. He returned to San Jose this season despite some feelers from other NHL teams and is hoping to crack the lineup. "He was my favorite player last year," Barracuda coach Roy Sommer said of Praplan. "When they said he was going back to Switzerland, I was like, ‘What, really?’ I thought he’d be a 25-30 goal scorer in the (AHL)." Keep an eye on Praplan as he could surprise.
Sep 17 - 8:25 AM

Joe Thornton scrimmaged on a line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane Sunday.

That should be the top line in San Jose and it could give Thornton a big boost in points if he is able to remain healthy, an iffy proposition for the 39-year-old. Thornton had 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games last season before a knee injury and subsequent surgery ended his season in January. He should get 45-50 points this season if healthy.
Sep 17 - 8:20 AM

Joe Thornton said that he's feeling 100 percent healthy right now.

Thornton didn't play after Jan. 23 because he was dealing with a knee injury that required surgery. The 39-year-old isn't the player he once was, but he's still a productive NHLer for someone of his age. He had 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games last season.
Sep 15 - 5:09 PM

Melker Karlsson has been dealing with an upper-body injury.

Karlsson can't take part in contact drills yet. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 14 - 4:48 PM


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