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

2020-05-22

On Thursady, management decided that it was time to look at some of their future pieces, and where they fit in. They already have some solid pieces contributing to their PRO roster, but what about their farm team? They definitely have some solid pieces sitting down there, and will be relying on them in the years to come, as some of their veterans will be finding new homes whether it be via trade or free agency in the coming offseasons. Here is a look at who the Sharks feel will play a big role in their future success:

Olli Malmivaara (D 22) (Seattle/AHL) - Malmivaara has spent his whole career in the Sharks orginaztion, joining the Kraken at the start of the 2002-2003 season. in 3 seasons, he has seen 179 Games, putting up 12G 54A and a -12 rating on a struggling Kraken team. Malmivaara will by no means be a superstar, however, the Sharks are hoping that he can transform himself into a solid middle pairing dman on their Pro team, and the tools are definitely there. Opting not to extend with the orginaztion, the Sharks will be taking Malmivaara to Arbitration, and will hopefully get him locked down to a longer term, team friendly deal next season.

Chris Kelly (C 24) (Seattle/AHL) Kelly is someone the Sharks have thought highly of for a long time. Beginning his career with the Penguins, and coming to the Sharks in his rookie season, Kelly has primarily found himself in Seattle. His Rookie season, he played 13 games at the NHL level, without registering a point and a -1 rating. Management obviously felt he was not ready, and sent him down to Seattle, where he has put together a couple of solid seasons for himself. In 191 Career AHL Games, Kelly has 43G 91A and a +33 rating. Solid numbers, for a guy that the Sharks are hoping can come in soon and shore up their bottom 6 and center their 3rd line. This season in 16GP, Kelly has 5G 7A +2 on a struggling Kraken team, which was good enough to earn himself a short callup just a week ago, where in 3 games he posted his first career NHL point with an assist and a -3 rating. Kelly was sent back to Seattle, but the hopes are he can make it out of camp next season and never look back, like fellow centerman Kyle Calder who is having a stellar season. Kelly, for a 2nd year in a row, has refused to extend with the orginazation, and will be taken to arbitration for one last crack at getting him extended to a longer term deal next season.

Denis Arkhipov (C 25) (Seattle/AHL) - Arkhipov is a curious player, as he has solid offensive ratings for a guy who finds himself stuck in the AHL, but pretty much sucks everywhere else. Being stuck in a position where the orginaztion has plenty of depth doesn't help matters much either. Arkhipov has spent his whole career in the Sharks orginazation, playing 312 games with the Kraken, posting 60G 130A and a -11 rating through 4.5 seasons. This season through the first 19 games, he has 1G and 16A +1 rating. Arkhipov is another guy the Sharks may look at out of camp next season to shore up their bottom 6, and hopefully he can round out some other areas of his game in the meantime. 

Dan Ellis (G 24) (Seattle/AHL) - Ellis Began his rookie season with the Lightning orginazation, before being traded to the Sharks mid year in 2001-2002. Though being a solid goallie, Ellis has struggled through his first few seasons. in 154 GP, Ellis is sitting on a 44-81-28 record. This is not to show the type of goalie Ellis is, but the type of defense/team he has had around him. Through those seasons, Ellis has never posted a sub .900 Save% and has had under a 2.9GAA in all but his stint with the Thunder. Career wise, Ellis has a 0.899Save% and 2.78GAA. Respectable numbers for a team who has finished at the bottom of the standings most seasons. Ellis is hoping to have a window with the big club in coming seasons, as Veteran Hrivnik will be leaving via FA, and Lalime only has 1 season left on his deal. If the Sharks are unable to get Lalime extended, Ellis will be the man between the pipes, until rookie star Devan Dubnyk is ready to take the starting role with the Sharks, but that is still a few seasons away at the earliest. But all in the orginazation are expecting Ellis to make his pro debut next season out of camp.

 

That wraps up this edition of the Sharks future. There are a few others that could be on this list, however those are players that the Sharks feel are not in their longer term plans, and will perhaps go other ways with them. Tomorrow, we will review some of our top prospects from the VJHL, and take a look at the years ahead. 

 

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