Bryan Marchment has been scouting for San Jose for several months. Over that time, he has made a smooth transition into is post-playing career.
While he bases out of his Ontario home, Marchment traverses North America in helping Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson scout prospects and work with professionals at both the NHL and American Hockey League level. Currently, Marchment is in San Jose for some on-ice time during the Sharks homestand.
“I’m in for three games making sure they know I’m still around,” joked Marchment, who had just stepped off the ice following the morning skate.
He may have played a different style than members of the current roster, but it must be remembered that Marchment was more than just an open ice hitter. He was a first round pick who could get a shot through from the point and make the smart pass.
“I did a couple of drills with him yesterday and listened to his ideas,” said Marc-Edouard Vlasic
. “I’ve seen him on the ice a couple of days and in the video room.”
Marchment is reinforcing what Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson and his staff teach and adding a note or two from what he's seen.
“He has a different perspective,” said Vlasic. “Some of the things we haven’t heard.”
Marchment is enjoying his travels throughout western Canada and Worcester, Mass., the home of San Jose's AHL affiliate. It is a nice change after a year away from the sport he spent a lifetime playing.
“This game is very special to me and it’s nice to still be in it,” said Marchment. “I’ve seen most of the prospects (in North America) now.”
Not everything is completely rosy though for one of the NHL’s most feared blueliners.
“My most frustrating part is probably the computers,” said Marchment. “I’m getting there now. I like it all.”
The Sharks will play hosts to Vancouver Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the game available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and SJSHARKS.com.