- Editor's note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California's Sharks coverage for the 2021-22 season. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at Sheng_Peng.
NEWARK, N.J. — For one reason above all, Jake Middleton isn’t sweating Evander Kane playing for the San Jose Barracuda.
“Cowboy Roy Sommer, he’s been [head coach] there longer than I’ve been alive. So he’s seen it all. He knows how to handle those things. And he’s had so many different players,” Middleton told San Jose Hockey Now after the San Jose Sharks practiced this afternoon.
“He’s one of the best men I’ve ever met. Great coach, just a great human being. Whatever things you guys are speculating, I don’t see a problem, especially with Cowboy being the head of the ship down there.”
Now that’s a ringing endorsement, and of course, the 25-year-old defenseman knows Sommer well, having spent the better part of the last five seasons with the Barracuda. Meanwhile, Sommer is in his 24th season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate.