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GM Wilson calls Moore 'important, versatile piece'

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GM Wilson calls Moore 'important, versatile piece'

TAMPA The San Jose Sharks have acquired the versatile, depth forward they have been looking for.

The Sharks traded for the Lightnings Dominic Moore shortly before their matchup with Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Moore did not suit up for the game, but left the arena to pack for the remainder of San Joses lengthy road trip. The Sharks were playing in their third of a nine-game trip, and its expected that Moore will make his debut on Friday night in Carolina.

San Jose also picked up a seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL draft in exchange for the second round pick in 2012 they originally acquired from Minnesota as part of the trade for Brent Burns last summer.

NEWS: Sharks get Dominic Moore from Tampa Bay

General manager Doug Wilson spoke to the media after the first period of the Sharks-Lightning game at the Tampa Times Forum.

The ingredients he brings to our team are versatility, speed, faceoff ability, penalty killing. Were very familiar with the player.

The penalty killing aspect could be especially beneficial to the Sharks, as Moore averages an even two minutes a game shorthanded. Although the Sharks PK unit has been steadily improving, will 39 kills in 45 chances since Jan. 4 (86.6 percent), adding Moore could allow them the opportunity to let players like Joe Pavelski or Logan Couture rest up on the bench rather than expunge energy while trying to defend an opposing power play.

When that theory was run by Wilson, he said: Its time management, and its minute management. Youre exactly right. Weve seen him a lot, and certainly his speed and how he kills penalties is similar to what we do.

Wilson mentioned that Sharks assistant coach Matt Shaw and director of pro scouting John Ferguson are both familiar with Moore, who has had stints in Minnesota and Toronto during his eight-year NHL career. Moore has also played for the Rangers, Penguins, Sabres, Panthers and Canadiens.

In 56 games with the Lightning this season, Moore has four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and 48 penalty minutes with a -10 rating playing mainly as their third line center. Moore has also spent time on the wing, and has a 1.1 million salary cap hit this season. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Could the Sharks try and sign him past this season?

Well see. Its all based on performance, and hes only 31 years of age. So, thats the thing, a player can come and understand what were trying to accomplish and well see where it goes, Wilson said.

The Sharks general manager sited moves by Stanley Cup finalists Boston and Vancouver last season as motivation to make the deal. The Bruins added defenseman Tomas Kaberle around the deadline, while Vancouver picked up Maxim Lapierre.

Historically, that type of player, the guys that teams picked up last year, thats what it costs when youre trying to add an important, versatile piece like that, he said of surrendering the second round pick.

Moore will wear uniform number 18.

Something smells fishy about Sharks' early success on power play

Something smells fishy about Sharks' early success on power play

By many traditional measures, the Sharks’ power play is off to a strong start.

They’ve scored seven times on 30 opportunities, including once in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders. That mark, 23.3%, would have been good enough for third in the league last season, and is nearly seven percent better than the Sharks were in 2016-17.

San Jose’s made some changes on the man advantage, and are getting a different look on their top power play unit with Tim Heed there instead of another forward. Second-year forward Kevin Labanc is playing a significant role on the second unit, operating as something of a focal point.

The puck’s found the net a lot for the Sharks on the power play, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that success may be a house of cards.

According to Natural Stat Trick, San Jose ranks in the bottom third of the league in shots, shot attempts, and unblocked shot attempts per 60 minutes. Using those rates allow us to compare teams empirically, equalizing for the amount of time each team has spent on the power play. Those rates, by the way, are not very good.

And each of those are lower than last season, when the Sharks finished 25th in power play percentage. This season, the Sharks are converting more shots, despite attempting less.

It would be tempting to think San Jose can hang their helmets on higher shot quality, but they’ve struggled in that area, too. The Sharks finished just shy of the top ten in high danger chances per 60 minutes last season, but are in the bottom third of the league this season, according to Natural Stat Trick.

So the Sharks are shooting at a lower rate and generating chances at a lower rate than last season, when they had one of the league’s worst power plays, but are scoring at a much higher clip. They’ve converted on about 19% of their shots on the power play, almost doubling their conversion rate (10.5%) from a season ago.

If this doesn’t seem like a sustainable mix, that’s because it’s not. In a small sample size of seven games, the power play’s been good enough, but the Sharks can’t count on converting nearly a fifth of their power play opportunities if they continue to struggle generating shots and chances.

Of course, stranger things have happened in a hockey season, so it’s possible the Sharks can ride a sky-high shooting percentage all season long. Banking on that, however, would be foolhardy.

Sharks come up short in New York despite Couture's hat trick

Sharks come up short in New York despite Couture's hat trick

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK — Anders Lee had two goals and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

John Tavares had a goal and two assists, Josh Bailey added a goal and an assist, and Andrew Ladd also scored to help the Islanders win for the third time in four games. Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots.

Logan Couture scored all three goals for the Sharks, completing the hat trick with 1:52 remaining to pull them within one. Aaron Dell finished with 18 saves.

Ladd's goal at 3:12 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. Rookie Mathew Barzal created the scoring chance by taking the puck around the net and then setting up Ladd in the high slot for his second of the season.

Lee's second of the game and fifth of the season gave the Islanders a two-goal cushion with 8:13 remaining as he converted an odd-man rush.

Tavares sealed the win with an empty-netter with 55.4 seconds remaining and helped improve to 22-4-4 in their two-plus seasons at Barclays Center. Tavares points were his first since he had two goals and an assist Oct. 7 against Buffalo, ending a five-game drought.

The Sharks scored the game's opening goal at 6:26 of the second period on the power play. San Jose came away with the offensive draw and Couture scored from the slot, redirected Brent Burns' point shot past Greiss.

The lead lasted just over a minute as Nick Leddy worked his way to the back of the net and then quickly fed Lee for the tying goal.

The Islanders went ahead 58 seconds later after Joe Thornton made a costly turnover in his own end to give Bailey a point-blank chance. Bailey was able to sneak the puck with a backhander between his skates and past Dell to put New York ahead 2-1.

However, an impressive effort by Jannik Hansen to spin past Brock Nelson in the neutral zone led to a quick feed to Couture, who took a few strides and then fired a shot past Greiss to even the score once again.

NOTES: The Islanders held a special pregame ceremony to honor alumni of the organization who were in town for an Islanders Alumni Weekend. Among the players on the ice were Bobby Nystrom, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier and Ed Westfall. ... The Islanders scratched D Scott Mayfield, F Josh Ho-Sang and F Nikulay Kulemin. ... San Jose scratched F Joel Ward, F Barclay Goodrow and D Dylan Demelo. ... The Islanders honored Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie by playing music from the band during warmups. Downie passed away on Oct. 17 after succumbing to brain cancer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Islanders: Host Arizona on Tuesday night.