San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has recalled goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Ryane Clowe from the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. In addition, the club has placed forward Scott Parker on injured reserve, retroactive to the last game he played—Nov. 21 at Edmonton.
Toskala was assigned to the Barons on a conditioning stint on Dec. 1 while recovering from a groin injury suffered on Nov. 8 at Colorado (placed on injured reserve following that game). He appeared in one game for Cleveland, stopping all 16 shots he faced, taking the loss in a shootout vs. San Antonio on Dec. 1 despite the game ending in a 0-0 tie after regulation and overtime. With the Sharks, the 28-year-old Toskala has appeared in five games and has a 5.05 goals-against average.
The five-foot-ten, 195-pound goaltender from Tampere, Finland was originally selected in the fourth round (90th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
Clowe has posted six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in three games with the Barons after being assigned to Cleveland on Nov. 20. He began the season with San Jose, making his NHL debut on Oct. 5 at Nashville, and posted two assists and nine penalty minutes, along with a +1 rating in 15 games with the Sharks.
The six-foot-two, 225-pound native of St. John’s Newfoundland, was originally selected by San Jose in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he led the Barons in goals (27, assists (35), points (62) and plus/minus (+19) en route to being named the team’s most valuable player.
This is the second stint on the injured reserve list for Scott Parker, a six-foot-five, 225-pound forward who has played in just one game this season (Nov. 21 at Edmonton) while recovering from a training camp injury.