Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi is an important cog in the Sharks engine. His quickness ranks above most in the National Hockey League and his shot is dangerous. Prior to a November injury, Setoguchi was off to a nice start to the season, posting 10 points in 15 games.
However, since returning from the Injured Reserve on Nov. 29, Setoguchi has played seven games without registering a point. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan has floated him on several lines to try to break him back into the lineup and help get the wheels going again.
Setoguchi feels he’s getting closer to being back to his old form.
“I feel like I’m getting more confident,” said Setoguchi. “I’ve got to start putting the puck in the net and contributing offensively. That’s my strength.”
Setoguchi knows the goals will return, but as a strong teammate, he is ready to change direction.
“It takes time, but I’ve taken enough time,” said Setoguchi. “It’s time to get going.”
The Taber, Alberta native is working on what needs to be done to rectify the current situation.
“Anytime you’re not scoring, you’ve got to go back to the basics,” said Setoguchi.
The 22-year-old will bounce back. Setoguchi’s recent past shows the way to future success.
“I had a pretty good regular season last year and I know what it’s like when you get it going,” said Setoguchi. “I also know what it’s like when it’s not going and how to handle it.”
McLellan has tried to help improve Setoguchi’s production by letting him play with Joe Thornton
and Patrick Marleau
and having Dany Heatley skate with Joe Pavelski
and Ryane Clowe
“I’m trying to jump start the offense and jump start Seto,” said McLellan, noting the separation of Heatley and Thornton is likely temporary. “I don’t think this is a divorce. Sometimes being away, you can’t wait to get back together.”
McLellan noted at the morning skate that Jody Shelley and Brad Staubitz would not be returning for Thursday’s contest as Jamie McGinn and Frazer McLaren were practicing.
During his post-practice press conference, the Sharks Coach explained that one player visited the doctor yesterday and the other has an appointment this week, however, McLellan did not clarify which player was going where.
The Sharks will host Anaheim at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN-CA in HD, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.