SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are searching for some offensive punch from their bottom-two lines, and rookie forward Nikolay Goldobin will get a chance to provide it against the Florida Panthers on Thursday at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, CSN-CA).
Goldobin, a first-round choice (No. 27) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League and will skate on the third line with center Chris Tierney and Tommy Wingels.
The 20-year-old Russian played three road games for the Sharks last month and scored his first NHL goal Oct. 17 against the New York Islanders, but he was sent down on Oct. 21. He had one goal, one assist and 11 shots in five games with the Barracuda.
"I'm really excited to play," Goldobin said after the Sharks' morning skate. "It's my first home game. I have a big opportunity to score a goal, first home goal.
"I think the coaches sent me down so I could be the leader and get some points and show that I can come back and play here on that level."