The Sharks earned a 6-1 victory over Anaheim at the Pacific Division Shootout on Monday. With the win, the Sharks improved to 1-1-1 and will play the Ducks again on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Center Joe Pavelski
and goaltender Taylor Dakers, two of the Sharks most productive prospects from the 2005-06 season, each had a breakout game on Monday.
Pavelski broke the game wide open with two consecutive goals within 5:43, one in the first period and one in the second period, that extended the Sharks lead to 5-0.
“Joe played really well,” said Worcester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer. “He was one of the best players on the ice tonight, and that goes for both teams.”
But Pavelski’s impact on the game was not limited to the scoresheet. The former University of Wisconsin Badger was extremely successful in the faceoff circle for the third consecutive day.
“After you take a few faceoffs against an opponent you get a feel for what he likes to do and what his tendencies are,” Pavelski explained about his approach to faceoffs. “You just have to make adjustments, jump and be quick and make sure your wingers are ready.
Pavelski’s success in the circle have been noticed as his ability to win draws is important for his development and maturation as a player.
“He has been very strong on faceoffs all week long,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “That gets him out on the ice in key situations and getting that experience will help him grow. His game in all areas of the ice is very well-rounded.”
Pavelski is entering his first season as a professional. He left the University of Wisconsin this past summer following his sophomore season after helping the Badgers win the NCAA Championship. He led the team in faceoffs taken and won 55.4% of those draws.
During that sophomore campaign, Pavelski earned RBK Division I Second Team All-American honors by leading Wisconsin in assists (33), points (56), power play goals (11), game-winning goals (6) and multi-point games (15).
“To win a national championship and being in pressure situations while playing the way he did is valuable,” said Wilson. “Matt Carle was in the same situation and I really believe that it helps a player evolve.”
On the other side of the ice, Dakers impressed the crowd by stopping all but one shot. With the help of a stout defense, Dakers was able to see the puck well the entire night. With the exception of one funky bounce off a stick, Dakers was perfect.
“I felt really good and comfortable tonight,” said Dakers. “I felt like I had something to prove after my first game Friday night. Fortunately I was able to come in and make some more saves tonight. The defense has been doing a good job of talking and clearing any of my rebounds and they let me see all the shots pretty clearly.”
Dakers, who signed a contract with the Sharks in the off-season is still eligible to return to his junior team, proved why he won ten of his last fourteen starts during the 2005-06 regular season with Kootenay (WHL). At seasons’ end, he led the WHL in save percentage (.926), ranked third in shutouts (8) and fifth in goals against average (2.11).
Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas, a former goaltender that works closely with the Sharks netminders, was impressed with Dakers’ bounce-back performance.
“One thing we look for in players is how they rebound after a tough game,” said Thomas. “He came back out tonight and had a one-goal game. He made saves early and he made saves late. He handled the puck well and was a big part of the win.”
While he wasn’t satisfied with the results in Friday night’s loss, Dakers is just playing his game.
“I didn’t feel bad the other night, so I just wanted to come out tonight and make sure I played the same way and stop some more pucks.”
The Sharks also received goals from Brady Leisenring, Lukas Kaspar, Randy King and Torry Gajda on Monday night. Marc-Edouard Vlasic
posted three assists and Ashton Rome posted two.
Following a morning practice on Monday, the Sharks prospects used the off-night to relax as they visited Disneyland. Led by the coaching staff, the team spent six fun-filled hours at the amusement park. According to Sommer, the trip may have been just what the doctor ordered.
“It was the Disneyland legs. They got to hang out with each other and had fun. I mean who doesn’t like Disney?”
Sommer then answered his own question when he saw the Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke standing within earshot, “well, anyone except Burkie.”
MORE ON TREMBLAY
Jonathan Tremblay was involved in another fight. He has been involved in fisticuffs one time in each contest during the Pacific Division Shootout. The opponent in this scrap was Aaron Boogaard.
Many are aware of the Boogaard name. His brother Derek is an enforcer on the Minnesota Wild and totaled 158 penalty minutes during 2005-06. Aaron isn’t shy about mixing it up either. The 20-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan totaled 211 penalty minutes in 65 games for Tri-City (WHL) last season.
FAMILY MATTERS PART TWO
The Ducks also skated Adam Perry on Monday night. Adam is the brother of Ducks forward Corey Perry. The 19-year-old Adam posted 73 points in just 68 games in 2005-06 with the London Knights of the OHL.
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson has the majority of his scouting staff in El Segundo. When they aren’t watching the Pacific Division Shootout, they are analyzing players from all over the world as well as scrutinizing the performance of the players during the tournament and in practice.
The few member of the hockey operations department not in attendance at the tournament are John Ferguson, the Sharks Special Consultant to the General Manager, Cap Raeder, Sharks Scout and Warren Strelow, Goaltending Coach. Ferguson was dispatched to Traverse City, Michigan where he is scouting a different rookie tournament. Participating teams include Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Washington and Atlanta. Raeder and Strelow are in San Jose in preparation of training camp, while Ferguson will join the Sharks in San Jose in time for the start of camp.