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Setoguchi says he’s ‘grown up a lot’ since being dealt by Sharks

Devin Setoguchi

It’s been over two years since the San Jose Sharks traded Devin Setoguchi to the Minnesota Wild and now that he’s a member of the Winnipeg Jets, he says things are different for him now.

Kevin Kurz of caught up with the former Sharks winger and finds out maturity is helping him out these days.

“I definitely think I’ve grown up a lot since I’ve been – it’s been six years, this is my seventh [in the NHL]. It’s been a long time,” said Setoguchi, who was a healthy scratch on Oct. 18 after some early season struggles. “A little bit more mature in the way I handle things and conduct myself, and my play on the ice.”

Setoguchi had his best pro season with the Sharks scoring 31 goals and 65 points in 2008-09 playing on a line with Joe Thornton. Since then, the goal totals have slipped (he hasn’t scored 20 or more since departing the Sharks) and he’s been traded twice (once each by the Sharks and Wild).

The Jets host the Sharks tonight and there’s nothing more Setoguchi wants than to put one over on his former team.

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