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Prospect Spotlight: Alexander Chmelevski

by Joe Spurrier / sjsharks.com

The Sharks had several high-potential prospects fall to them in the second half of the 2017 NHL Draft. One of these players was Alexander "Sasha" Chmelevski, who wasn't selected until the sixth round (185th overall). Originally from Huntington Beach, Chmelevski became only the second California native to be drafted by the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks were thrilled to add his tremendous scoring ability and creativity with the puck to their rising prospect pool. Initially projected to be a third-round pick, several scouts saw him as one of the steals of the draft.

Chmelevski showed flashes of becoming a scoring threat in his first couple of seasons in the OHL, playing for both the Sarnia Sting and the Ottawa 67's. His tournament play for the U.S. National U17 team in 2015-16 impressed scouts, but he had trouble in carrying over the same production to the OHL the following season.

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Boedker's Goal Marks $1 Million Raised Through Goals For Kids Program

For Every Goal Scored By The Sharks Over The Past Four Seasons, Sharks Foundation, Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies Donates $1,000 To Local Charities In Need

by Sharks Foundation @SharksCare / sharksfoundation.org

SAN JOSE - The Sharks Foundation announced today that it has raised $1 Million through the Goals for Kids program in partnership with the Koret Foundation, Taube Philanthropies and participating sponsors Marcus & Millichap Foundation, SWENSON and The Sobrato Organization.

For each goal scored by San Jose Sharks players, the Goals for Kids program donates $1,000 to local non-profits dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in need in the Bay Area. When San Jose Sharks Mikkel Boedker scored at 15:54 of the second period that goal, which stood as the game-winner, marked the $1 Million achievement.

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Sharks Recall Forward Fehr, Reassign Forward Balcers

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forward Eric Fehr (FAIR) (@EricFehr) and reassigned forward Rudolfs Balcers (@rudolfsbalcers) to the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. 

Fehr, 32, has recorded 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists), a plus-6 rating and 33 penalty minutes in 34 games with San Diego of the American Hockey League (AHL), leading the team in goals and ranking tied for fourth in points. He has added two penalty minutes in four NHL games with Toronto this season. 

In 566 career NHL games with Washington, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Fehr has compiled 202 points (103 goals, 99 assists), a plus-50 rating and 187 penalty minutes. He has posted 129 career points (67 goals, 62 assists) and 170 penalty minutes in 155 AHL games between San Diego and Hershey. 

The six-foot-four, 208-pound native of Winkler, Manitoba, was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (18th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He was acquired by San Jose from Toronto on Feb. 20, 2018. 

Balcers, playing in his first season of professional hockey, is the Barracuda's leading scorer with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games. The 20-year-old was selected to represent the Barracuda at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. 

The five-foot-eleven, 175-pound native of Liepaja, Latvia was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.  

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Fantasy top 50 defenseman rankings for 2017-18

Barrie rises after injury to Johnson, five-point game; Vlasic, Matheson among new additions

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy defenseman landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 50 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

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Sharks Acquire Forward Eric Fehr from Maple Leafs

San Jose Sends 2020 Seventh Round Draft Selection to Toronto

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired forward Eric Fehr (FAIR) (@EricFehr) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round draft selection. 

Fehr, 32, has recorded 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists), a plus-6 rating and 33 penalty minutes in 34 games this season with San Diego of the American Hockey League (AHL), leading the team in goals and ranking tied for fourth in points. He has added two penalty minutes in four NHL games with Toronto in 2017-18. 

In 566 career NHL games with Washington, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Fehr has compiled 202 points (103 goals, 99 assists), a plus-50 rating and 187 penalty minutes. He has posted 129 career points (67 goals, 62 assists) and 170 penalty minutes in 155 AHL games between San Diego and Hershey. 

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Inside the Cage: Waiting on Return of Versatile Hertl

Hertl Has Earned Coaches Trust, Averaging a Career-High 18:14 TOI Per Game

by Ross McKeon @rossmckeon / sjsharks.com

The Sharks have won both games since losing the services of Tomas Hertl, but they know they are tempting fate already playing without fellow top-six forward Joe Thornton.

That's why San Jose hopes to have their versatile 24-year-old power forward back in the lineup soon. The Sharks placed Hertl on Injured Reserve on Monday, but if it's retroactive to when he sustained the injury - and he feels up to it - he could return as soon as Tuesday when the team opens a pivotal four-game trip in St. Louis.

Hertl has been just that important to the team this season.

"He's become a very valuable player for us," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.

Hertl has emerged to not only fill a portion of the scoring void created with the offseason departure of Patrick Marleau, but he's developed into one of the most versatile forwards on the team.

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Gameday Blog: Sharks at Blues 2/20

Your source for news for San Jose Sharks gameday

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, the one-stop shop for San Jose Sharks fans on every gameday. This blog will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets, so be sure to check back as the day goes on.

The San Jose Sharks are back on the road for a four-game road trip. The Sharks will make their way through the Midwest facing the Central Division. First up on the roadie, the St. Louis Blues. 

This is the Sharks first meeting against the St Louis Blues this season. Last season Team Teal went 0-3 against the Blues. 

The Sharks are coming off a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Coming out hot, the Sharks scored four goals in the first period. Joe Pavelski received first star, scoring the first goal of the game just 27 seconds into play and also recorded two assists. Mikkel Boedker is heating up. He scored two goals last game against Dallas and has recorded five points in the last three games. 

In recent transactions, the Sharks recalled defenseman Paul Martin and forward Rudolfs Balcers from the San Jose Barracuda. With Brent Burns leaving the bench in the third period last game, Paul Martin could make a reappearance with the Sharks against the Blues tonight. In addition, Tomas Hertl and Joel Ward were placed on Injured Reserve. 

The St. Louis Blues last played on Friday, dropping 2-1 against the Dallas Stars. The Blues are 2-2-1 in their last five games recording their last win on Feb. 9.

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

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Sharks Recall Martin and Balcers From Barracuda

Forwards Joel Ward and Tomas Hertl Have Been Placed on Injured Reserve

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Paul Martin and forward Rudolfs Balcers (@rudolfsbalcers) from the San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda), the team's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. 

Martin has posted two assists in 18 games played with the Barracuda this season, and has appeared in three NHL games with the Sharks, averaging 13:27 of ice time per game. 

A 14-year NHL veteran, Martin has skated in 859 games while registering 50 goals, 268 assists and a plus-119 rating. He has played in 162 games for the San Jose Sharks, tallying seven goals, 39 assists and a plus-19 rating. 

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