Sharks with plenty of news out of Saint Paul, Minnesota this morning. San Jose made four roster moves on Wednesday, recalling forwards Brandon Mashinter
and Tommy Wingels
, reassigning defenseman Justin Braun
and placing forward John McCarthy on injured reserve.
Mashinter, a six-foot-four, 235-pound native of Bradford, Ontario was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 3, 2009. In 31 games this season, the 22 year-old ranks sixth on Worcester in points (7-8=15) and second in penalty minutes (64). Should Mashinter play tonight (as expected), it would mark his first NHL game.
Wingels, a six-foot, 195-pound native of Evanston, Illinois was originally selected by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made the trip to Sweden with the Sharks for the 2010 NHL Premiere and made his NHL debut in San Jose's season opener. Wingels has recorded 12 points (6-6=12) in 27 games with Worcester.
In other lineup news, Antero Niittymaki was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate, usually an indication of that night's starter. He has posted a 4-0-0 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.19 goals-against average in his last four starts. In his only appearance against the Wild this season, Niittymaki stopped 15 of 16 shots in the 1-0 Sharks loss.
Head Coach Todd McLellan also told reporters after Wednesday's morning skate that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of injured forwards Joe Pavelski
and Torrey Mitchell
re-joining the team during the road trip. Neither player made the trip to Minnesota and both are listed as day-to-day.
Finally, some great notes from Sharks beat writer David Pollak on the Sharks-Wild connections.
As you may remember, current Sharks assistant coach Matt Shaw was formerly with the Wild as an assistant, and current Wild head coach Todd Richards was formerly an assistant with the Sharks. In addition, McLellan was the head coach of the Houston Aeros, Minnesota's AHL affiliate, in 2002-03 when he lead that club to a Calder Cup Championship. And then there's Rick "Ricky Bobby" Bronwell, the former Sharks assistant equpment manager who serves in the same role in Minnesota.
Full notes and quotes on the Sharks-Wild connections avaible on Pollak's blog on the Mercury News' website, avaiable at: http://blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks/