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Devin Setoguchi

Devin Setoguchi  #40

Right Wing
NUMBER: 40 BIRTHDATE: January 1, 1987
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Taber, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: SJS / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (8th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Setoguchi is off to a great start to his sophomore campaign. He tied his rookie output of 11 goals a mere 20 games into the 2008-09 season and has consistently been among the top three scorers for San Jose throughout the first half of the season. <br /> <br /> Born in Taber, Alberta, he prides himself in his diverse background -- his dad is Japanese and his mom is Canadian. Setoguchi names St. Louis forward Paul Kariya as a player he looked up to when he was young and is proud of his Japanese background: &quot;I guess it's rare to see a six-foot-tall, 200-pound Japanese person, so maybe for me it's the genetics coming out from my mom's side of the family. Somehow I got height and size and I've been fortunate enough to succeed so far in my hockey career.&quot; <br /> <br /> His father, Dale, was a forward with the Taber Golden Suns of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in the late 70's. Dale played against former NHLers Brent Sutter and Mark Messier and won the AJHL league MVP award in 1978-79. Devin comments on his dad: &quot;Everyone always tells me that dad was so tough, one of the toughest guys in the league. I find that pretty hard to believe because he's so small.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his linemates: &quot;It's surreal when you play with Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. I treat every night like it could be my last one playing with those guys, so I make sure I'm going hard. It's been a good ride for myself and good ride for our team. You can never get too comfortable. If you aren't proving yourself on the first line, you won't stay there very long.&quot; <br /> <br /> On taking advantage of his opportunities: &quot;You always want to establish yourself as an NHL player. This is my second year and I want to be one of the guys that Doug and Todd can count on to play game in and game out.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his hometown support: &quot;I have tons of family and friends (in Taber) and the whole town kind of supports me. When I come back in the summer, they're always there and they're always asking questions. It's great support. Pretty much every game you can find at either of the local bars every night we're playing. I know there's a couple Flames fans out towards Taber that might be cheering for us.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: &quot;I don't know if he's flat-out fast, but he's quick. He's in and out. He darts. ... He's exceeded my expectations.&quot; <br /> <br /> San Jose forward Patrick Marleau: &quot;He's been able to get his legs moving and cause a lot of havoc, a lot of turnovers. That's led to a lot of our chances.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=403906&amp;cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Setoguchi exceeding expectations this year</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.asianweek.com/2007/12/13/i%E2%80%99ll-melt-with-you/">Sharks Setoguchi warms to San Jose</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_11066204?nclick_check=1">Setoguchi deserves his spot on Sharks' top line</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mercurynews.com/sportsheadlines/ci_10891763">Sharks' Setoguchi has exceeded coach's expectations</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.faceoff.com/scripts/story.html?id=1043684">Setoguchi biggest surprise this season</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=27041">Playing a Little Badminton</a><br /> <a href="http://sharks.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=20573">SharksTV: Delivering Season Tickets</a><br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie