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San Jose Sharks Reduce Training Camp Roster

Sharks Reduce Training Camp Roster

The San Jose Sharks announced today that 20 players were cut from training camp and sent to the San Jose Barracuda training camp of the AHL.
The following players were reassigned to the Barracuda:

  • Colin Blackwell
  • Ryan Carpenter
  • Rourke Chartier
  • Alex Gallant
  • Adam Helewka
  • Nikita Jevpalovs
  • Jake Marchment
  • Jonathon Martin
  • John McCarthy
  • Daniel O’Regan
  • Marcus Sorensen
  • Matt Willows
  • Julius Bergman
  • Michael Brodzinski
  • Jason Fram
  • Patrick McNally
  • Jacob Middleton
  • Joakim Ryan
  • Mantas Armalis
  • Jamie Murray

In addition to these players that were sent down, goaltender Troy Grosenick and defenseman Dan Kelly were also placed on waivers where if they clear they should be expected to join the Barracuda as well. Grosenick has had a decent camp where he has looked to reassert himself as the Barracuda starting goaltender.  Mantis Armalis is seen by many to have the inside track on the backup role for the Barracuda which could see Jamie Murray heading to Allen.

Some Surprises in the List

While many of the names on this list will not surprise anyone, there are definitely a few that will raise some eyebrows.  While it appears that Aaron Dell has solidified his hold on the backup position behind Martin Jones. Many are surprised that that Marcus Sorensen has found his way down to the Barracuda so soon as many thought he’d be a lock to push his way to an opening night spot. Many fans have brought up that he had been somewhat inconsistent in camp and had been held off the score-sheet in preseason action thus far. With a good showing on the Barracuda, one would expect that he will be close to the tops of potential call-ups.

Still fighting for spots are former first-round draft pick’s Nikolay Goldobin and Mirco Mueller, as well as other expected fringe players like Barclay Goodrow.  The surprise of camp has got to be Kevin Labanc who despite being the OHL points scoring champion last year wasn’t expected by many to threaten for a spot so soon. Labanc forced his way into the conversation and now is in a good position to challenge for at least a nine-game preview in the NHL. Some shark fans will be annoyed to see the name Micheal Haley as still a part of training camp although he would be a perfectly serviceable 13th forward, the issue is that the Sharks have over-relied on players like Haley far too often.  We are looking at you, Mike Brown.

Some Players Not Actually in Play

Injured players are usually not sent down to the AHL until they are cleared to play or a final roster needs to be submitted to the league, this is likely why Timo Meier is still listed in camp as well as Alex Schoenborn.  In both of these cases, the players are likely to start their season with the Barracuda once healthy.

About Ian Reid

Ian is the Director of Content for Pucknology. He is a lifelong Sharks fan based in Canada. In three short years Ian has come a long way starting from his own blogspot and going on to write for RSENReport.com, Last Word on Hockey before settling in at Pucknology. You can also find Ian's work as a contributor at FearTheFin.com. On the podcast side of things he was a co-host of the now defunct Teal Tinted Glasses podcast as well as a regular on Pucknology After Dark and host of the Pucknology Writers Room.

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