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Next Wave: January 21

The San Jose Barracuda's season is underway after their first preseason game; Jonathan Dahlen, Danil Gushchin continuing to provide offense

by Kyle Stuetzel /

In the previous update, we highlighted our four World Junior Prospects Santeri Hatakka, who earned a Bronze Medal with Finland, Artemi Kniazev, Yegor Spiridonov, and Adam Raska. 

Let's take a dive into this week's update of our Next Wave report:

On the Farm

The Sharks AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, played their first game in several months traveling to Irvine to face the San Diego Gulls. It wasn't the story line we were hoping for, but Joachim Blichfeld scored the lone goal for the Cuda, with assists from Tristen Robins and Robbie Russo. 2020 first-round selection Ozzy Wiesblatt skated in the preseason opener and registered one shot on net.

Five Spot

Jonathan Dahlen's offensive game has not slowed one bit, collecting five points in one game on Jan. 19, which included his second hat trick of the season. He's now up to 49 points through 27 games, seven higher than the second-place skater. He leads the Swedish Allsvenskan league in points, assists and ranks third in goals. If he keeps up his pace, he could easily break his 77-point output from last season.

Point Taken

Our Sharks Prospect of the week, Danil Gushchin, scored three goals and four points in his previous four games, including six penalty minutes. In his 21 games thus far, he has registered at least one point in 15 contests. His 12 goals and 26 points rank fifth in the USHL, and is currently ninth in the league in assists.

Notable players:

  • Thomas Bordeleau currently leads freshman NCAA skaters in plus/minus (12), co-leads in game-winning goals (3), ranks second in assists and is tied for fourth in points
  • Ivan Chekhovich is up to 27 points in 32 games in the KHL, having collected eight points (five goals, three assists) over his last 10 games
  • Prior to his recall to the Barracuda, Jake McGrew was tied for first among ECHL rookies in goals, third in shots, and tied for sixth in points
  • Alex Young leads Colgate in points and ranks tied for first in goals

For the full Sharks player report, click here.

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