The San Jose Sharks have claimed Stefan Noesen off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday morning. Noesen has one goal for Pittsburgh this season on six games played, while also recording 22 (14 goals, 8 assists) points in 22 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He signed a one year, two-way contract worth $700,000 on Dec 2. The 2017-18 season with the New Jersey Devils served as his career high of 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists).
Kevin Kurz of The Athletic tweeted Thursday describing NHL scout’s take on Noesen, “Texted with a few NHL scouts this morning about Noesen. Here’s one take on his game: ‘Big body who has to grind in the trenches. Average pace in the NHL. Has some finish but scores by being at the net.”
According to Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News, Stefan Noesen will play this Saturday for the San Jose Sharks against the St. Louis Blues. It is unclear at this time where Stefan will end up in the line-up.
On Thursday, the San Jose Sharks also recalled Joel Kellman, Noah Gregor, and Jacob Middleton from their AHL affiliate SJ Barracuda. This is Kellman’s first time being recalled from the ‘Cuda where he is third on the team in assists (12) with 16 points overall. Gregor is a familiar face to the Sharks organization this season playing 18 games and recording one goal. Gregor has also played seven games for the ‘Cuda with two goals and five assists. Defenseman Jacob Middleton is also being brought up due to Radim Simek being placed on IR. Middleton has played two games for the Sharks (5:32 TOI) this season and 13 for the ‘Cuda (two assists).
A notable name left on the ‘Cuda roster is fourth line staple Dylan Gambrell. He has played 30 games for the Sharks this season scoring two goals and four assists. This is interesting because with the exception of Melker Karlsson (six points), all other fourth line point totals combined (Suomela, Bergmann, Gregor, Brodzinski, Yurtaykin, Radil, Blichfeld) do not equal Gambrell’s six points. I talked with San Jose Mercury’s Curtis Pashelka on Wednesday through Twitter to ask him what is the plan for the Sharks’ fourth line and Gambrell. His response was as followed: “Sharks were off today, so can’t say for sure whether the plan is to recall Gambrell [tomorrow] or keep him down there for a bit and give another forward a look. I think Boughner wants to give a few ‘Cuda guys a shot. Gambrell doesn’t have a point in 7 games and got burned last night.” With a day’s clarity it seems the plan is to keep Gambrell with the ‘Cuda for the time being to give other forwards (like Kellman) an opportunity.
Injury Update/Next Game
In other Shark’s related news, it seems that Kevin Labanc is not likely to play on Saturday due to an upper body injury. The San Jose Sharks’ next game will be against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Dec 21 at 7:30 PM/PT.
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