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s15 - A Pro Level Look at the Sharks Future (®)


Sitting a little over a month into the new season, management feels that it is time to take a look into their under 25s and prospects, and see how they are doing to kick off the year. We will begin with those that are at the NHL level, and take a look into their AHL and VJHL prospects over the coming days in the following editions. 

Tim Stapleton (22) (NHL/Sharks) - The 22 year old forward earned himself a spot on the big club to start the new season, but is struggling. Starting on the 4th line, Stapleton has just 1 goal through his first 17 games. He has also been dominated in the FO circle, going just 25/67 (37.3%). Being under contract for 2 more seasons after this one, Stapleton has time to figure it out, but may find himself demoted to the Kraken before long if he keeps up the poor pace.

Jonathan Cheechoo (24) (NHL/Sharks) - The 24 year old winger has found himself largely on the Sharks top line with veteran Demitra, and has put himself on track to have one of his best seasons to date. Through 17 games, Cheechoo has 4G and 7A. He has just passed the 100 pro games mark, but does not look to stop there as his stops in the AHL are long behind him, after he earned a call up just 6 games into last season, and never looked back. He put up 40 points in 75 games in his rookie season, and is on pace to potentially top the 50-point mark this season if he keeps with the current pace.

Brendan Morrow (25) (NHL/Sharks) - The 25 year old winger finds himself already in his 6th season in the Sharks orginaztion, after coming over from the Canadiens towards the end of the 1999-2000 season. Sitting on 268 games in a Sharks uniform now, the winger has put up just under 100 points to date, and is expected to hit that mark in the coming weeks. Through 17GP this season, Morrow has 3G and 6A, and is potentially on track to put up his best offensive season to date, with being on track for a 45-point season playing from the 2nd line, where his current high is 40 points. Morrow just landed himself a hefty new contract, at 3.486M for 4 seasons, so the Sharks are hoping he can mold himself into a solid 2nd or potentially 1st line player in the years to come. 

Kyle Calder (25) (NHL/Sharks) - Beginning his career in the Sharks orginaztion with the Kraken in the 2000-2001 season, Calder found himself with a permanent spot the next two seasons on the pro roster, mainly in a bottom 6 capacity. With the limited production his first 2 seasons, he found himself demoted back to the Kraken the following season for the first 35 games of the season, before earning a call up mid last season, and never looked back. In his call up last season, Calder played 45 games, putting up 9G and 19A. Quite the solid pace for a mid season call up of a player management had almost given up on. To follow that up, Calder has been a monster this season, on a struggling Sharks team. From the 2nd line, Calder, through the first 17GP, has 6G and 9A, and is on pace for his best season yet, with keeping current pace could potentially top the 70-point mark, which is a feat that no shark hit last season, and the last person to do so was Damphousse 2 seasons ago. Calder is quite the gentleman as well, as through 343 Pro games between the AHL and NHL, he has taken a single penalty. 

Kurt Sauer (23) (NHL/Sharks) - Recently acquired from the Wolves for an aging defender, Sauer finds himself sitting behind a logjam of veteran defenders this season. However, the Sharks made this move hoping that Sauer can be a solid addition to the club for years to come. Having spend most of his career in the AHL, Sauer has 167 GP, posting 22G 70A and a +32 rating to go along with 241PIM. Not one to back down from the rough side of the game, the Sharks could use that toughness in the years to come, and being able to add a bit offensively is huge for the orginazation, who relies heavily on their scoring from the blueline. It is not looking likely the Sharks will be able to extend Sauer, but will elect to take him to Arbitration this offseason, and hopefully get him into the lineup next season and be able to convince him to stay long term. 


With this look at the Sharks youngins already having an impact on the big club, hopes are high for seasons to come. Most of these guys are under long term deals, and guys management is confident they can build around.


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