Sharks shuffle roster, lines ahead of Kings rematch


Editor's Note: The above video is from a postgame media session with Joe Pavelski on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

SAN JOSE – The Sharks did some roster and line shuffling ahead of their home game on Thursday with the Los Angeles Kings.

Recalled from the AHL Barracuda were defenseman Mirco Mueller and forward Micheal Haley, while defenseman Dylan DeMelo and forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Bryan Lerg were reassigned back to the minor league club.

The 20-year-old Mueller, who spent last season with San Jose due primarily to his not being eligible for the AHL, has one assist and a +1 rating in three games with the Barracuda this season. Haley, 29, leads the Barracuda with 4 goals and 6 points in three games. In 56 career NHL games with the Islanders, Rangers and Sharks, Haley has recorded 2 goals, 1 assist and 174 penalty minutes.

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On the injury front, defenseman Paul Martin and center Ben Smith did not practice on Wednesday and their availability against the Kings is in doubt. Joonas Donskoi, who has missed the last three games with a lower body injury, returned to the ice.

The Sharks, outscored 10-3 in their last two games, also changed their lines. Matt Nieto, who coach Pete DeBoer called the Sharks’ best forward in the 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday, was promoted to the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line. The third line consisted of Chris Tierney centering Tommy Wingels and Barclay Goodrow, while the fourth line was Haley, Donskoi and Mike Brown.


Goldobin, the Sharks’ 2014 first round pick, made his NHL debut on Oct. 16 at New Jersey, scored his first NHL goal on Saturday against the Islanders but struggled against the Rangers on Monday particularly in the defensive zone. DeMelo drew into the lineup on Saturday in Brooklyn due to Paul Martin’s injury, and was scoreless with a -1 rating in two games.