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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 /

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. 

The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota was originally drafted in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on July 1, 2015. 

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. 

In related moves, forwards Joel Ward and Tomas Hertl were placed on Injured Reserve.

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