Top 7 Sharks on roster bubble
Several roster decisions looming
The Sharks still have a few more roster decisions to make before next Wednesday’s season opener in Los Angeles against the Kings. There are a number of players on the bubble headed into the final two preseason games this weekend in Arizona on Friday night and Anaheim on Saturday night. Here’s a look at those players, as well as predictions as to where they will start the season.
The Sharks’ 2014 first-round draft pick is the youngest player still on the training camp roster. In four preseason games he has one goal and one assist, and got a look on the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line on Tuesday against Vancouver. Prediction: Barracuda.
The Finland native was added as a free agent in May, and has one goal in three preseason games. He returned to his place on the Thornton line for practice this week, and at 23 years old, he should be more NHL ready than a guy like Goldobin. Prediction: Sharks.
The 22-year-old would likely have benefited from time in the AHL last season, but injuries and the team’s lack of depth kept him on the Sharks roster. In three preseason games, he’s scoreless with four shots on goal. Prediction: Barracuda
Tierney started camp in the third line center role but has since been replaced by Tomas Hertl, who looks like he’s primed for a much better season. Tierney is scoreless in three preseason games with four shots on goal, but still looks to be battling for a spot on the fourth line. Prediction: Sharks.
The Sharks’ 2013 first-round pick looks like he still has some work to do to be an NHL regular, and although he won’t play Friday, getting in another NHL preseason game on Saturday can’t hurt. Unless he makes the opening night lineup, it makes no sense to keep Mueller in the press box. Prediction: Barracuda.
At 25 years old, Tennyson is older and more experienced than the other young players he’s in competition with for a roster spot. Even if he’s not in the lineup on opening night, Tennyson will probably secure the seventh defenseman role at the very least, allowing Mirco Mueller time to develop in the AHL. Prediction: Sharks
DeMelo has had a strong camp, looking like a responsible two-way defenseman after a couple years of marinating in the minor leagues. Like Tennyson, DeMelo is right-handed, which is beneficial in that third pairing as defenseman Brenden Dillon is a lefty. As long as he doesn’t turn in a terrible effort on Saturday, DeMelo is the most likely player to dress as the sixth defenseman in L.A. Prediction: Sharks