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O'Regan recalled by Sharks, will play against Devils

O'Regan recalled by Sharks, will play against Devils

SAN JOSE – The Sharks have recalled center Danny O’Regan from the AHL Barracuda, now that Tomas Hertl has been placed on injured reserve and is likely out for the next several weeks. 

O’Regan, 22, is expected to make his NHL debut on Monday against New Jersey, centering the fourth line between Micheal Haley and Tommy Wingels. The five-foot-nine, 180-pounder is tied for the Barracuda team lead with 11 points (5g, 6a) in 11 games. 

“It’s really just a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming of this opportunity my whole life,” O’Regan said. “I’m just really excited, and can’t even describe it.”

Pete DeBoer said: “He’s had a great start down there. When you talk to [Barracuda coach] Roy Sommer, he’s been one of their most consistent and one of their best players.”

Patrick Marleau started the Sharks game in Arizona on Saturday as the third line center in place of Hertl, but he will remain on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski after skating there for the third period against the Coyotes. Chris Tierney will center the third line.

“[O’Regan is] a centerman, we’re looking for a little bit of a position need,” DeBoer said. “We’ve got some bodies here coming off the road for 14 days, we just want to inject a little bit of energy. He’s deserved the opportunity, and excited to see him tonight.”

A fifth round pick of the Sharks in 2012, O’Regan wrapped up a four-year career at Boston University last season, leading the Terriers in scoring with 50 points (23g, 27a) in 41 games. He was named as a Hockey East First Team All-Star.

O’Regan’s parents and sister are on a flight from Boston and are expected to be in attendance. His father, Tom O’Regan, played 61 career NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984-86.

“It was pretty cool to give him the call, he was obviously really excited for me. He said just play your game, do everything that you’ve been doing that got you here.”

Kevin Labanc will come out of the lineup as a healthy scratch.

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DeBoer didn’t offer any new information on Hertl. Injured forward Melker Karlsson, though, was on the ice in a tracksuit on Monday and is nearing a return.

“He’s getting better,” DeBoer said. “Hopefully we’ll see him this week.”

Karlsson has missed the last three games after blocking a shot with his left foot/ankle on Nov. 12 in Tampa Bay.
 

Sharks notes: DeBoer sees depth starting to show its full potential

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Sharks notes: DeBoer sees depth starting to show its full potential

SAN JOSE -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday night he believed his team really displayed its roster depth in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

"I thought the story of the game was contributions from all 20 guys," he said. "I thought we got a great team effort from everybody."

There was so much talk at the start of the season about how much depth the Sharks had on paper -- and then more talk about how that depth wasn't showing right off the bat. But as this team works its way through the first month of the season and builds chemistry, that depth is starting to show.

"I think every game you start to move around the ice a little more seamlessly without thinking as much," DeBoer said. "I think every game you get a little more comfortable."

Timo Meier agreed with that assessment, saying he felt that kind of line depth even came into play in the previous game -- a win over the Buffalo Sabres.

"Every time we get a win, it's because we have a lot of guys chipping in," the winger said. "And that's how it needs to be. I think the depth of our team is our strength."

Will that strength play a role in the upcoming road trip? DeBoer expressed earlier in the week he felt the Sharks weren't rewarded for the chances they created on the previous roadie.

Meier said the team would just have to keep grinding.

"Sometimes there are tough buildings and tough circumstances," Meier said. "We've just just gotta stick with it."

Joe Thornton is expected to accompany the Sharks on their upcoming three-game road trip this week, although there's no word as to whether or not the center will play. 

Thornton has practiced with the rest of the Sharks all week since they've been at home facing the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders, but he has yet to be in a game lineup. 

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On the same morning that news of Thornton's plans to go on the road trip came to light, rookie forward Dylan Gambrell was reassigned to the San Jose Barracuda.

Gambrell is expected to suit up for the AHL club on Sunday night when they host the Stockton Heat. 

Gambrell was recalled by the Sharks when Thornton left the previous road trip, but he was reassigned as soon as the team returned home so he could participate in the Baracuda's game Monday night. He has played in two games for the Baracuda so far this season, contributing on the score sheet every time.

Gambrell did not join them in their Saturday night game in Stockton, and instead was a healthy scratch for the NHL club.

DeBoer hinted earlier in the week that Gambrell might play in his first NHL game of the season fairly soon. When NBC Sports California caught up with Gambrell on Tuesday about working with both teams, the 22-year-old said he's embracing the workload that comes with it and that he'll be happy with wherever he's slotted.

Joe Thornton plans to join Sharks on road trip, but his status is unclear

Joe Thornton plans to join Sharks on road trip, but his status is unclear

SAN JOSE -- It's been a little over two weeks since Joe Thornton left the Sharks' five-game East Coast road trip. Now it appears the center might join the team as they hit the road again -- although it isn't clear if he'll see any game action.

Thornton plans to accompany the rest of the team on its upcoming three-game road trip, which opens Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators. He participated in all of the Sharks practices this past week, including Saturday morning's optional skate, and he even slotted in during power play practice earlier in the week. Nevertheless, there has been no further update on Thornton's health.

The 39-year-old top liner was placed on injured reserve Oct. 5 after he experienced swelling in his surgically repaired knee following an overtime win over the Kings in Los Angeles. While Thornton has looked fine during morning skates, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer maintained all week during home practices that the center's status remained day to day.

Joe Pavelski has centered the top line in Thornton's absence. He primarily has skated with Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc as his wings.