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Ehrhoff Excelling Offensively Early

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is enjoying what looks to be a breakout year. The second-year blueliner is currently tied for third in the NHL in goals among defensemen and has been turning heads throughout his sophomore campaign.
 
In the first 20 games of the season, Ehrhoff has already matched his goal production from the entire 2005-06 season. As it stands now, Ehrhoff is on pace to score 21 goals this season which would match Mathieu Schneider’s goal production from a season ago when the Detroit Red Wings blueliner led the NHL in goals among defensemen.
 
Captain Patrick Marleau is one of the many that have noticed Ehrhoff’s increased offensive production.
 
“He’s been great for us this season,” Marleau said. “All his goals have been huge for us, especially the ones on the road. They’re good anytime, but the ones he’s scored for us on the road and late in the game helps us all out.”
 
While Ehrhoff’s goal scoring comes as no surprise to his teammates, casual Sharks fans may not be as aware of his impressive numbers. That’s because four of Ehrhoff’s five goals this year have been scored on the road, and two of his goals were scored during games that were not televised locally.
 
Regardless of when and where he scores, Ehrhoff is looking to continue his early pattern of finding the net and finding it often.
 
“I’ve had a lot of chances this year,” Ehrhoff said. “I have to hit the net more and if I do I think I could have even better production. But hopefully I’ll keep going and keep scoring goals.”
 
Some have suggested that Ehrhoff’s increased time on the top power play unit could account for his goal total so far, but as a percentage of his goals, Ehrhoff is not scoring on the power play with any more consistency than he was a year ago. He is averaging over 18 minutes of ice time this season, not even a full minute more per game than he was averaging a season ago.
 
“It’s pretty tough to say why I’ve already matched my goal total from last year,” said Ehrhoff. “The more opportunities you get the easier it is to get points so that’s probably the main reason.”
 
Ehrhoff has certainly capitalized on his opportunities this season and Sharks fans hope that he can continue producing with the same regularity that he has early in the year.
 
SHARKS RECALL GOALTENDER THOMAS GREISS FROM FRESNO
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss from the Fresno Falcons, the Sharks ECHL affiliate.
 
Greiss was recalled for precautionary measures and practiced with the team Friday as Evgeni Nabokov had a limited workout and rested a sore hand. The soreness in Nabokov’s hand is not serious and he is listed as day-to-day.
 
Greiss, 20, posted a 1-2-0 record in three starts with a 3.05 goals against average and .897 save percentage this season with the Worcester Sharks, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Assigned to Fresno on Nov. 13, he posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in one start.
 
The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Fussen, Germany was selected by San Jose in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
 
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON ON ICE!
Celebrate this Holiday season with family and friends at the Bay Area’s premiere ice skating facilities, Logitech Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont!
 
Logitech Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont are thrilled to announce their "Holiday Ice" celebration taking place November 27th through December 31st.
 
"Holiday Ice" will feature public ice skating in a festive, holiday atmosphere, great music including current hits & holiday favorites and special events that will take place throughout the engagement.
 
DOUG WILSON TO VISIT STANLEY’S AT LOGITECH ICE
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson will be at Stanley’s Sports Bar located at Logitech Ice at San Jose on Monday, Nov. 20. Wilson will be on hand discussing Sharks hockey at this open, informal and unmoderated forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
 
NEXT GAME
Coming off their four-game road trip, the Sharks return home for Saturday night’s game against the Flyers. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.
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