The San Jose Sharks have announced that forward Scott Sabourin has been recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. This recall puts the veteran forward in a position to play in his first NHL games since 2021-22.
The Sharks cleared a roster spot when they reassigned forward Jack Studnicka to the AHL on the fifth, and specifically appeared to need to fill that roster spot with a forward recall since they were already carrying eight blueliners.
They’ve passed over the Barracuda’s leading scorer, Daniil Gushchin, in favor of recalling Sabourin, perhaps because this recall doesn’t come with assurances of a lineup spot attached so they’d prefer the 21-year-old Gushchin remain playing big minutes in the AHL rather than play fourth-line minutes or sit in the press box at the AHL level.
That’s not to say Sabourin hasn’t earned this recall in his own way, though, as in all fairness he was on pace to score 22 goals and 32 points before this recall. The 31-year-old undrafted grinder stands six-foot-four, 207 pounds and plays with an imposing level of physicality.
He’s racked up over 1,000 career penalty minutes in the AHL, and could be a better fit for the Sharks’ fourth line compared to the 24-year-old Studnicka, a former top prospect who plays an offensive style but without the points to show for it.
Over the past two years, Sabourin has become a more productive player at the AHL level, setting a career high in production with the Belleville Senators in 2022-23. Now he’ll get another shot at the NHL level, his first since his AHL offensive breakout.
Ethan Hetu www.prohockeyrumors.com San Jose Sharks,Scott Sabourin
2024-01-08 17:17:45 , San Jose Sharks – Pro Hockey Rumors