San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forward Ryan Vesce from the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Vesce will be replacing the injured Scott Nichol in tonight’s lineup and could see several games of action.
“We need a centerman with Scotty Nichol gone and we’ve liked what Ryan Vesce has done,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s been up here in the past playing on the fourth line role and he’s really responsible and takes care of his linemates defensively. If we have to bump him up, he’s shown he’s capable of playing with Jumbo (Joe Thornton
) and Heatley.”
Vesce faces off against Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets at HP Pavilion at San Jose at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“I look at it the same way I look at any game, I hope to do well and contribute to the team,” said Vesce. “It’s the same game, but it’s going to be a little quicker.”
Both Worcester and San Jose emphasize defensive responsibility and Vesce said he knows exactly what is expected of him tonight.
“I know I have to be very good defensively and if I happen to contribute offensively as well then it’s better,” Vesce said.
With the postseason looming, the centerman admits the lockerrrom atmosphere is a bit different than his previous call-ups.
“Now is the time where guys are getting ready for the playoffs,” Vesce said. “Everyone is really focusing on helping the team win, but I think there’s a special focus come playoff time.”
The Lloyd Harbor, NY, native has played in eight games with San Jose this season, posting five points (3-2=5). Prior to missing seven games due to a lower body injury from Oct. 25 – Nov. 7, he posted a four game point streak in San Jose. In 19 games with Worcester this season, Vesce has posted 22 points (11-11=22).