Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi has entered into some pretty rare company among Sharks goal scorers. On Thursday night he became just the sixth Sharks player to reach the 30-goal plateau.
Others in the club include current teammates Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau
, along with former Sharks Owen Nolan, Jeff Friesen and Sergei Makarov. There are a few All-Star games in that group and Setoguchi did play in the NHL’s YoungStars game this winter, so looks like not only a fun year for the 22-year-old, but a bright future.
The most impressive aspect about Setoguchi and his 30 goals is he has shown to be a talented scorer with the Sharks, no matter who he is playing alongside.
Early in the year, the second year winger found himself in the enviable position on the top line with Joe Thornton
and Patrick Marleau
. Two All-Stars isn’t a bad way to play for a guy who had just 44 games of NHL experience from his rookie campaign.
Setoguchi began the season on a tear, helping make the trio one of the NHL’s most dangerous lines in the season’s first half.
A tough stretch where the goals weren’t coming quite as easy saw Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan adjust his lineup and the Tabor, Alberta native found himself skating alongside Joe Pavelski
and Milan Michalek. Since the move, Setoguchi has gone on a season high four-game goal scoring streak, tying a career mark he set in his rookie stint. During the four contests he has five goals and seven assists.
Whatever the pairings, Setoguchi seems to be ready to fire when the puck comes his way. Not bad for a kid who never scored more than 36 in a single junior season.
Currently, Setoguchi sits third on the Sharks in points with 61 and his 30 goals trail only the Captain. Plus he is part of a Sharks offense that has six 20 goal scorers. However, none are as young as Setoguchi.
As the Worcester Sharks make their final push for the AHL playoffs, their game tonight against Springfield will be on at 4 p.m. PST on the NHL Network.
The Sharks will host Phoenix on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion and the game will be on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.sjsharks.com.