San Jose Sharks Player News: All Positions

News: Marleau notched two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres.
Impact: The 40-year-old has given the Sharks an immediate spark since rejoining the club, scoring two goals and five points in five games after signing with San Jose after the regular season had begun. Marleau won't be able to maintain that pace at this stage of his career, but he's skating with Logan Couture at even strength and seeing some power-play time, so he could remain productive even after he slows down.
News: Karlsson scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres.
Impact: The blueliner sent the game to OT with a third-period tally, his first goal of the year, but the Sharks couldn't find a winner in extra time. Karlsson is off to a great start offensively in his second campaign for San Jose with eight points through eight games, but his minus-8 rating is a reflection of the team's rough defensive performance to date.
News: Jones made 25 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres.
Impact: The Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Jones couldn't make it stick once Jack Eichel got rolling. The netminder has had a rough start to the season, allowing exactly four goals in five of his seven starts, and he's 2-4-1 with a 3.46 GAA and .894 save percentage.
News: Radil (illness) won't play Tuesday against the Sabres.
Impact: Radil will miss a second straight game due to an illness. The 29-year-old, who's gone scoreless while averaging 11:04 of ice time in six games this campaign, will hope to recover in time for Thursday's matchup with Montreal.
News: Jones will be in goal for Tuesday's road game against the Sabres, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Jones gave up four goals on 35 shots in a losing effort versus Buffalo on Saturday, but will get the chance for redemption. It's been a rough start to the year for the 29-year-old, as he is 2-4-0 with a career-worst 3.39 GAA. Backup Aaron Dell hasn't performed much better (1-1-0 with a 3.48 GAA), which means Jones will likely continue to see the bulk of the workload in order to play himself out of his slump.
News: Simek (leg) isn't expected to play on the Sharks' upcoming road trip, Brian Witt of NBC Sports reports.
Impact: The injured defenseman will join his teammates for the road trip, but the expectation, for now, is Simek will sit out all five games. On a positive note, he is participating in portions of practice, including battle drills, so a return to San Jose's lineup does appear to be imminent for the 27-year-old.
News: Carrick was recalled from AHL San Jose on Monday.
Impact: Carrick failed to record a point in his only game with AHL San Jose but returns to the NHL, where the defenseman is pointless through five games to begin the 2019-20 season.
News: The Sharks recalled Brodzinski from AHL San Jose on Monday.
Impact: Brodzinski was pointless in his two NHL games this year, but he's been impressive in the minors with three points in three contests. He'll join the Sharks as they travel to the East Coast for a five-game road trip. Brodzinski will serve as a reserve for now, but he could enter the lineup in the case of an injury or poor play.
News: Couture registered a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Couture has produced a goal and six helpers over a six-game point streak, with three assists coming on the man advantage and another one while shorthanded. The hot streak is quickly cementing Couture as one of the most consistently good players in the league, a clear No. 1 center.
News: Burns registered an assist, five shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in a 4-3 loss to the Sabres on Saturday.
Impact: Burns has eight points in as many games, showing that last year's point-per-game pace might carry over into 2019-20. The 34-year-old defenseman has added 13 hits and 27 shots on goal for a well-rounded stat line.
News: Thornton picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Thornton has struggled a bit to start the year, with only three helpers and a minus-6 rating in eight games. He also has 14 PIM and just eight shots on goal. The 40-year-old is more known for play-making than scoring, but given his age, a drop in production from the 51 points he had last year would not be a surprise.
News: Karlsson produced two power-play assists and a minus-3 rating in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: The good news was Karlsson setting up Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl for goals in the contest, but the smooth-skating defenseman was also on the ice for most of the goals against. Karlsson has posted six assists in seven games this year, including five in a four-game point streak.
News: Sorensen scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Sorensen tied the game at three goals apiece with his second tally of the year, just 22 seconds after Jeff Skinner had given the Sabres their third lead of the game. Sorensen has two goals in five games this season, a similar pace to the 17 goals in 80 contests he had in 2018-19.
News: Hertl scored a power-play goal on six shots but went minus-2 in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: It was a mixed performance for Hertl, who scored his goal in the first minute of the third period. All six of his points have come in the last three games, with two on the man advantage and one shorthanded. The versatile forward plays in all situations, and Hertl's 74-point campaign last year showed he is capable of strong offensive numbers.
News: Meier scored a goal on the man advantage and added two hits in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Meier is starting to round into form with all three of his points this season coming in the last four games. The winger has added 23 shots on goal and 11 hits in eight contests overall.
News: Jones surrendered four goals on 35 shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: The Sharks rallied from deficits three times in the contest, but Jones let the Sabres stake out a fourth lead with Zemgus Girgensons' third-period goal, which proved decisive. Unfortunately for Jones, he's started the year poorly with a 2-4-0 record, a 3.39 GAA and an .899 save percentage in six appearances. It's unclear if he will start on the road in Tuesday's rematch with these Sabres.
News: Jones will start Saturday's game against the Sabres, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This would have been a favorable matchup in years past, but Buffalo's franchise appears to have turned a corner with a 6-1-1 start to the season. Meanwhile, Jones is 2-3-0 with a 3.24 GAA and .902 save percentage.
News: Bergmann was reassigned to the AHL on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Sharks recalled Noah Gregor in a corresponding move, likely swapping one depth forward in for another. Bergmann registered one assist in six games for the big club, while playing fewer than 10 minutes in each of the last four.
News: Radil (illness) isn't expected to play Saturday against Buffalo, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Radil under the weather, the recently recalled Noah Gregor will draw into the lineup and make his NHL debut against the Sabres. The 29-year-old winger will hope to recover in time for Tuesday's game in Buffalo.
News: Gregor was called up from AHL San Jose on Friday, Corey Pronman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old forward has produced a goal and two assists for AHL San Jose in three games this season. Gregor will serve as forward depth while Lukas Radil is out with an illness.
News: Radil (illness) is considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's game against the Sabres, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: If Radil's unable to go, Lean Bergmann will likely draw into the lineup against Buffalo. Confirmation on his status should surface prior to puck drop Saturday night.
News: The Sharks shipped Yurtaikin to AHL San Jose on Friday.
Impact: The Sharks inked Yurtaikin to an entry-level contract this offseason and the 22-year-old earned a spot on the Opening Night roster during training camp. After seven regular-season contests, the Sharks have decided the winger needs more seasoning, having posted a minus-1 rating and no points over that span. He'll look to get back on track with the Barracuda before potentially making his return to the top ranks later in the season.
News: Couture posted an assist and went 14 of 18 in faceoffs during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The 30-year-old center is on a five-game point streaking, producing a goal and five helpers over that span. Couture has seven points and 16 shots on goal in seven contests this year.
News: Labanc had a power-play assist and two PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Labanc is slowly heating up with three points in his last three games, which accounts for all his offense this year. The New York native has added 20 shots on goal and a minus-9 rating through seven games.
News: Karlsson generated an assist and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Karlsson has exactly one helper in each of his last three games, and four total over six appearances. The 29-year-old defenseman has added eight blocked shots and 12 shots on goal so far.
News: Sorensen posted a hit, a shot on goal and a blocked shot while skating 10:52 in a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Impact: Sorensen couldn't do much in his return from an upper-body injury, but Evander Kane's hat trick led the Sharks to a big win. The 27-year-old Swede has a goal and 14 PIM through four appearances this year.
News: Goodrow scored a goal on four shots in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Goodrow's unassisted tally in the second period stretched the Sharks' lead to 4-1 at the time. He already has three goals in seven games, with 12 PIM and 14 hits to show a little physicality. He's probably not going to produce much offense from a bottom-six role, but Goodrow could help owners in deeper formats.
News: Burns registered two power-play helpers and a pair of hits in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Burns helped out on two-thirds of Evander Kane's hat trick. The 34-year-old has three multi-point games in his last four outings. The perennial Norris Trophy competitor has seven points in as many games, adding 11 hits and 22 shots on goal.
News: Hertl scored an empty-net goal and added a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Evander Kane's hat trick rightfully stole the show Wednesday, but Hertl had helpers on Kane's first and third goals of the game. The Czech center has five points in his last two games after being held off the scoresheet in five straight outings to start 2019-20.
News: Kane scored a first-period hat trick and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Kane's hat trick is the first in franchise history in an opening frame. The 28-year-old winger is making up for lost time from his three-game suspension to start the year, posting six points in four contests while adding 13 shots and eight hits.
News: Jones stopped 36 of 38 shots in a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Impact: That's back-to-back strong outings for Jones, who has allowed a combined three goals to high-powered offenses in the Hurricanes and the Flames. He's allowed 15 goals through five games this year, going 2-3-0 in that span. Look for him to start Saturday's home contest against the Bruins, as coach Pete DeBoer will likely go with the hot hand.
News: Sorensen (upper body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes, NHL.com's Ross McKeon reports.
Impact: Sorensen will return to a bottom-six role against Carolina, skating with Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow on San Jose's third line. The 27-year-old Swede tallied one goal in three appearances to open the season before missing three games due to an upper-body injury.
News: Gambrell has tallied three assists while averaging 11:26 of ice time through five games this season.
Impact: Gambrell has been one of the Sharks' better bottom-six options thus far, but his limited ice time will make him hard to trust as a fantasy asset going forward. The 2016 second-round pick is a name worth watching, but for now, he's not worthy of a roster spot in most formats.
News: Bergmann has notched one assist while averaging just 8:43 of ice time through the first six games of the season.
Impact: The Sharks clearly aren't going to trust Bergmann with a significant role this season, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sent to the minors sooner rather than later, so the 21-year-old rookie can be safely ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Vlasic has gone scoreless while posting a minus-8 rating through six games this campaign.
Impact: The Sharks have had a dysfunctional start to the season, which is part of the reason Vlasic has struggled early on. However, the 32-year-old will be used sparingly on the power play this year, and instead will be tasked with shutting down the opposition's top offensive threats on a nightly basis, which will put a hard cap on his fantasy upside. At this point, Vlasic can be ignored in most formats.
News: Jones will patrol the home crease for Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes, Sharks beat writer Sheng Peng reports.
Impact: After allowing exactly four goals in each of the first three games, Jones bounced back with a superb 36-save effort in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames. Jones can be a streaky goaltender, so starting him when he's playing like this can be rewarding. The Hurricanes are on the second half of back-to-back games, and they've scored just four goals over their last two outings.
News: Karlsson has tallied one assist while averaging 12:29 of ice time through six games this campaign.
Impact: Karlsson will continue to be a staple of the Sharks' bottom six, but he wasn't able to crack the 20-point mark in either of the past two seasons, a trend that is unlikely to change in 2019-20. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Radil has gone scoreless while averaging 11:40 of ice time in five games this season.
Impact: Radil will be a decent bottom-six option for the Sharks in 2019-20, but his limited role and lack of offensive upside will keep him off the fantasy radar.
News: Sorensen (upper body) could rejoin the San Jose lineup Wednesday against Carolina, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: An upper-body injury has relegated Sorensen to the press box for the Sharks' last three games, but he took a meaningful step forward Tuesday, when he logged a full practice and skated on the third line alongside Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow. Coach Pete DeBoer said he was encouraged by how Sorensen looked during the workout, but the Sharks will wait and see how the winger feels leading up to the 10:30 p.m. EDT puck drop before deciding on his status for the contest.
News: Middleton is dealing with an upper-body issue and isn't expected to be ready to return from injured reserve until at least mid-November, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: One of three San Jose blueliners on IR, Middleton looks to be further behind in his recovery process than Dalton Prout (upper body) and Radim Simek (knee), who were both seen skating after Tuesday's practice. Considering that Middleton had only entered the San Jose lineup Oct. 4 against the Golden Knights since Prout got hurt two days earlier, the former may be a regular in the press box by the time he's healthy again.
News: Prout (upper body) was spotted skating at the end of Tuesday's practice, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The defenseman has been sidelined for the last five games after sustaining an upper-body injury in the Oct. 2 season opener versus Vegas. Jacob Middleton took Prout's spot in the lineup in the Sharks' next game Oct. 4, only to suffer an upper-body injury of his own that will likely sideline him through at least mid-November. Prout will likely need to put in a full practice with the rest of San Jose's healthy skaters before his return to action can be viewed as immiinent.
News: Simek (leg) hasn't suffered a setback, but his recovery is taking longer than initially expected, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Simek has yet to play this year due to a leg injury and is still at least a week away from making his season debut. The Sharks are hoping he'll be able to join them for their five-game road trip which begins in Buffalo next Tuesday, but at this point Simek remains without a definite timetable for his return.
News: The Sharks reassigned Carrick to AHL San Jose on Tuesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Carrick's demotion suggests Dalton Prout (undisclosed) may be closing in on a return to the lineup. The 25-year-old went scoreless while averaging just 5:47 of ice time in three appearances during his stay with the big club.
News: Heed (upper body) fired a shot on goal in 8:51 in a 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Heed missed four contests with the injury, and didn't see a lot of ice in his return. Coach Pete DeBoer typically leans heavily on his top-four defensemen, so Heed will typically only pick up a few minutes anyway. He's still looking for his first point of the season.
News: Karlsson provided an assist and two blocked shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: The defenseman made an outlet pass to Kevin Labanc, who worked a give-and-go with Tomas Hertl in the first period for the Sharks' second goal of the game. Karlsson has three assists and a minus-7 rating through five games this year.
News: Marleau provided an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: The 40-year-old forward now has three points in two games since joining the Sharks. It's not a surprise that both games have been wins. Marleau most likely won't come anywhere near a point-per-game pace, but he produced 37 points in 82 games for the Maple Leafs last year. He could crack the 30-point threshold regardless of where he is in the lineup.
News: Couture registered two assists and two shots on goal in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: Couture's playmaking came on Timo Meier's opening goal just 3:04 into the first period and a shorthanded Tomas Hertl goal in the second. The 30-year-old center is off to a strong start with a goal and five assists through six games this season.
News: Labanc scored the game-winning goal and posted three shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: The winger was somewhat snakebit, coming empty on his first 13 shots over four games to start the year. Labanc now has goals in consecutive games, his only two points of the season, although he still carries an unsightly minus-9 rating.
News: Meier scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: The early going has been unkind to Meier, who opened the year with four scoreless performances. He has a goal and an assist in the last two games. The Swiss winger has added 17 shots on goal and nine hits this season.
News: Hertl scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: After five pointless games to start the season, the Czech forward assisted on Kevin Labanc's first-period tally before scoring a shorthanded marker in the second. Hertl's slow start has been discouraging after his 74-point breakout last season. Fantasy owners will hope Sunday's effort is the start of a hot stretch.
News: Jones stopped 32 of 33 shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Impact: It was easily the goalie's best performance of the young season, as only Elias Lindholm put a puck past him. Jones had allowed four goals and taken a loss in each of his three previous starts this season. He'll look to build on this successful game against the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
News: Sorensen (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's home game against the Flames.
Impact: Sorensen has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, and it's still unclear with what sort of injury he's dealing with. In any event, Melker Karlsson and Lukas Radil will draw into the lineup on the fourth line for the game. Sorensen's next chance to suit up is Wednesday against the Hurricanes.
News: Simek (leg) skated Sunday but didn't participate in practice, and he won't play in Sunday's game against the Flames, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Simek was handed a 10-to-14 day timeline for return on Oct. 1, but it appears that will extend longer than the latter mark. Until Simek is able to practice at full speed, he won't be able to play in a game. The 27-year-old blueliner will look to get in the lineup Wednesday against the Hurricanes.
News: Heed (upper body) will draw into the lineup for Sunday's game against Calgary, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Heed has missed the last four games due to the upper-body injury, but will finally return to the lineup for the first time since Opening Night. The 28-year-old will replace Trevor Carrick in the lineup on the third defensive pair.
News: Coach Peter DeBoer said Sunday that Middleton (undisclosed) has a 4-6 week timetable for a return, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Middleton left last Friday's game against the Golden Knights with the injury, and landed on IR a day after. This news proves that the defenseman is dealing with a serious injury, even though the specifics haven't been announced. As long as Middleton is sidelined, look for Trevor Carrick or Tim Heed (upper body) to draw into the lineup.
News: Jones will start in the home net for Sunday's game against the Flames, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Jones has had a forgettable start to the season, as he has allowed four goals in each contest and remains winless with an .854 save percentage. On the other hand, the Flames have scored three goals in all four games thus far, and their power play has been solid, converting on 25 percent of chances. It'll be tough for fantasy owners to trust Jones until he can prove it.
News: Burns scored a goal on five shots and added an assist with two PIM in a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: That's back-to-back multi-point games for one of the NHL's elite rearguards. The 34-year-old, now in his 16th season, logged a game-high 27:24 minutes of ice time and continues to produce at the highest of levels. He scored 16 goals in 2018-19 and tallied a career-high 83 points to go with a plus-13 rating.
News: Labanc scored a power-play goal on four shots and was minus-3 in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: It was the first goal of the season for Labanc, who registered career highs in points (56) and goals (17) last season. He deposited a rebound goal from an incredibly sharp angle to tie the game 1-1 midway through the first period. Labanc demonstrated good playmaking abilities in 2018-19 and it's possible there's still more offense to be unlocked going forward..
News: Goodrow scored the game winner on his lone shot on goal in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Thursday.
Impact: Goodrow converted a Joe Thornton centering feed to put the Sharks on top 5-4 early in the third period. It was the second goal of the season for the 26-year-old, who scored just seven times in 82 games last season.
News: Marleau scored a pair of goals and had a team-high six shots and five hits in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Thursday.
Impact: That was some kind of return to San Jose for the 40-year-old, who spent the past two seasons in Toronto after 19 seasons with the Sharks. Marleau was acquired and bought out by Carolina in the offseason and finally inked a deal with San Jose earlier this week. He has not missed a game since 2012-13 and totaled 43 goals in his two seasons in Toronto, so keep an eye on him despite his age.
News: Dell stopped 26 of 30 shots Thursday in a 5-4 win over Chicago.
Impact: Giving No. 1 goalie Martin Jones his second night off of the young season, Dell backstopped the Sharks to a road win. The 30-year-old has made 59 starts behind Jones over the last three seasons and would be a waiver wire name to add should Jones ever go down with an injury.
News: Heed (upper body) won't play Thursday in Chicago, Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News reports.
Impact: Heed hasn't dressed since Opening Night. His next chance to return will come Sunday against Calgary.
News: Sorensen (undisclosed) won't play Thursday in Chicago, Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News reports.
Impact: This will be Sorensen's second straight absence after he exited San Jose's second game of the season following a collision with the boards. His next chance to return will come Sunday against the Flames.
News: Dell will defend the blue paint in Thursday's road matchup with the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dell wasn't great in his first start of the season Saturday against Anaheim, surrendering three goals on 33 shots en route to a 3-1 loss. He'll look to bounce back in a road matchup with a well-rested Chicago team that will be determined to win its home opener.
News: Marleau will make his season debut Thursday against Chicago, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Marleau skated on the top line and second power-play unit during Wednesday's practice, so it appears as though the Sharks aren't going to waste any time getting the recently-resigned vet heavily involved. The 40-year-old forward notched 16 goals and 37 points in 82 games with Toronto last season, but he could still be capable of reaching the 27-goal, 47-point form he displayed in 2017-18, so he's definitely worth a pickup in most fantasy formats.
News: The Sharks waived Brodzinski on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Brodzinski has struggled to crack the lineup early on this season, suiting up for just two of San Jose's first four games, and when he has drawn in, he hasn't played much, averaging just 8:51 of ice time over that pair of contests. In the likely event that the 26-year-old winger goes unclaimed, he'll be assigned to AHL San Jose.
News: Kane scored a goal, fired five shots on net and logged four PIM during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Kane didn't disappoint in his return from suspension, submitting the kind of well-rounded fantasy performance owners have grown to expect from him over the past few seasons. The feisty winger will look to keep rolling Thursday in a road meeting with the Blackhawks.
News: Burns has one goal and two points with a minus-2 rating and four shots on net in a 5-2 loss against the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: Despite the defeat, Burns posted his first goal and first power-play point. He's been an animal with points on the man advantage in recent seasons, but the bad news is Burns is already off to a minus-5 rating. Since winning the Norris Trophy in 2016-17, Burns owns a minus-8 rating, including this season. He has one goal and three points in four games to begin 2019-20.
News: Jones allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 5-2 loss against the Predators on Tuesday.
Impact: The 29-year-old has practically picked up where he left off last season, yielding 12 goals in the first three games, but the difference is Jones did a lot of winning in 2018-19. He is 0-3-0 to begin the season. Jones also has 4.56 GAA and a .854 save percentage in three starts during 2019-20.
News: Marleau signed with the Sharks on Tuesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rumors swirled in the offseason that Marleau could rejoin the Sharks, but those were shut down ahead of training camp. It looks like the team needs a spark, though, as they've lost three straight to start the season and scored just one goal in each game. Marleau last played for the Sharks in the 2016-17 season, when he scored 27 goals and added 19 assists, but he saw his numbers drop to 16 goals and 37 points with the Maple Leafs last year. Marleau will look to get into the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks. According to Darren Dreger of TSN, it's a one-year deal worth $700,000.
News: Jones will patrol the crease during Tuesday's road matchup with Nashville.
Impact: Jones has struggled early on this season, suffering back-to-back losses to Vegas while registering an ugly 4.80 GAA and .862 save percentage. The 29-year-old backstop will look to start righting the ship in a road matchup with a Predators team that's scored eight goals through its first two games of the campaign.
News: Sorensen (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday against the Predators, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Sorensen is still feeling the effects of the hit that knocked him out of Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks. The 27-year-old is, however, considered day-to-day, which suggests he shouldn't be sidelined for much longer. He'll be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's road game against Chicago.
News: Heed (upper body) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This isn't expected to be a long-term issue. Since Heed hasn't played since Oct. 2, the team may place him on injured reserve to free up a roster spot. If that happens, Heed would still be eligible to play Thursday versus the Blackhawks assuming he's healthy.
News: Sorensen (undisclosed) worked on the third line during Monday's practice, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Sorensen left Saturday's game against the Ducks and didn't after colliding into the boards. His participation in practice is a positive sign for his chances of playing in Tuesday's road matchup versus the Predators. Through three games, Sorensen has a goal, a minus-2 rating and 14 PIM.
News: Kane is eligible to return for the Sharks' clash with Nashville on Tuesday after serving out his three-game ban.
Impact: Kane was serving a three-game suspension for physical abuse of an official in the preseason finale. Without the winger in the lineup, San Jose managed just one goal in each of its first three contests. Getting Kane back in the lineup -- likely in a second-line role -- should provide the club's offense a boost. Last year, the 28-year-old matched his career high of 30 goals and should be capable of reaching that threshold again in 2019-20.
News: Dillon posted an assist and five PIM in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: The 28-year-old blueliner showed some pugnacity by dropping the gloves with Nicolas Deslauriers in the first period. Dillon then had the secondary helper on Logan Couture's goal in the second frame. Dillon forms the defensive half of a pairing with Erik Karlsson -- the former has delivered 14 hits and just two shots on goal in three games this year.
News: Karlsson provided an assist and four shots on goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Playing in the second game after the birth of his child, Karlsson picked up his first point of the year with the primary helper on Logan Couture's goal. It'll help to wash out the bad taste from his minus-4 performance Friday versus the Golden Knights. A six-time 60-point producer, the blueliner will be trying to return to that mark this year after managing 45 points (three goals, 42 helpers) in 53 games, the product of shooting 1.8 percent last year.
News: Couture scored the Sharks' only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Ducks on Saturday.
Impact: Couture's second-period tally knotted the game at 1-1, but Ryan Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead again just 1:07 later. The 30-year-old center now has a goal and an assist through three games this season while anchoring the top line.
News: Dell allowed three goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: He'll certainly want the first one back, as he turned the puck over behind the net, which allowed Ondrej Kase to set up Michael Del Zotto for the opening goal. Dell has allowed four goals on 39 shots across two appearances this season, a 3.08 GAA and an .897 save percentage. Neither Dell nor Martin Jones is grabbing the starting job by the horns, but coach Pete DeBoer is likely to turn to the latter for Tuesday's road game in Nashville.
News: Sorensen (undisclosed) exited Saturday's game versus the Ducks after a hard collision with the end boards, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Sorensen crashed into the boards in the second period and went to the locker room. He didn't return for the start of the third period. Consider the Swedish winger day-to-day.
News: Dell will start Saturday's game in Anaheim, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dell will make his first start in this second leg of a back-to-back after watching starter Martin Jones give up four goals apiece in a pair of losses to the Golden Knights. The backup entered in relief of Jones on Friday, surrendering a goal on six shots in one period of work. Dell should benefit from a favorable matchup against a Ducks team that mustered a league-low 2.39 goals per game last season.
News: Middleton (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Impact: Middleton left Friday's game versus the Golden Knights in the first period and did not return. The decision to place him on IR means Middleton will miss San Jose's next three games, at the minimum. In a related move, the Sharks promoted Trevor Carrick from AHL San Jose.
News: Carrick was recalled by San Jose on Saturday.
Impact: With Jacob Middleton (undisclosed) being placed on injured reserve, the Sharks needed to fill a roster spot ahead of Saturday's game versus Anaheim. In Carrick, the Sharks have an offensive defenseman who, a season ago, collected 47 points in 71 games with AHL Charlotte.
News: Thornton produced an assist and 10 PIM in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Thornton had the secondary helper on Barclay Goodrow's third-period goal, but he also got involved in the fracas after the score. Thornton was one of six players (three Sharks) to earn a 10-minute misconduct. The veteran center figures to anchor the third line again this year. He's now 21 points shy of 1,500 for his career. Given that the 40-year-old produced 51 points in 73 games last season, he should be able to reach that milestone this year.
News: Ferraro provided an assist and two hits in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Ferraro's first career assist came on a third-period goal by Barclay Goodrow. The blueliner wasn't expected to see much action for the Sharks this year, but injuries to Dalton Prout (upper body) and Jacob Middleton (undisclosed) could keep the 21-year-old Ferraro in the lineup for awhile.
News: Goodrow scored a goal and racked up 10 PIM in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Goodrow's goal at 14:05 of the third period ended Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid, and it also set off a kerfuffle that saw six misconduct penalties assessed. Goodrow was one of the recipients to get an early exit from the contest. The 26-year-old put up 17 points, 76 PIM and 125 hits in 82 games last season, so he's not afraid to mix things up every once in awhile.
News: Dell played one period in relief of Martin Jones on Friday, allowing one goal on six shots in a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Dell's first action of the season came in a game already well out of control for the Sharks. He struggled with a 3.17 GAA and an .886 save percentage in 25 games last season. Dell is likely to start Saturday's road contest versus the Ducks.
News: Jones allowed four goals on 23 shots in two periods before being replaced by Aaron Dell in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Jones got stuck with the loss, as the Sharks were unable to cover his deficit in a feisty third period. He currently owns a 4.80 GAA and an .862 save percentage through his first two appearances. The 29-year-old goalie will likely be happy to get away from the Golden Knights for awhile. It's likely Jones will watch Saturday's contest versus the Ducks from the bench.
News: Middleton (undisclosed) exited Friday's game versus the Golden Knights in the first period, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Middleton did not return to the bench at the start of the second period. He took a hard hit from Ryan Reaves late in the first period. The 23-year-old defenseman was in the lineup in place of the injured Dalton Prout (undisclosed), but it appears the Sharks will have to finish the contest with five blueliners.
News: Jones will be in goal at home versus Vegas on Friday.
Impact: Jones will no doubt be eager to bounce back after giving up four goals on 35 shots in the season opener against the Golden Knights on Wednesday. The 29-year-old has reached the 60-game mark in each of the previous four seasons and is showing no signs of slowing down. Unless Aaron Dell can pry some starts away from Jones, the veteran should top that threshold again in 2019-20, which will set him up well for another 35-plus win campaign.
News: Meier (undisclosed) will suit up versus Vegas on Friday.
Impact: Meier left Wednesday's matchup with the Golden Knights late in the third period with an undisclosed injury, but he'll be back in action Friday. The winger set career highs in goals (30) and assists (36) last season and should be capable of producing at a similar rate this year while playing alongside Logan Couture, making him a top-end fantasy option.
News: Labanc (face) will be in the lineup for Friday's clash with Vegas.
Impact: Despite an early exit in the opener versus the Golden Knights, Labanc appears to be no worse for wear and will slot into a spot on San Jose's third line. The winger put three shots on goal in 17;40 of ice time Wednesday, but wasn't able to sneak one into the back of the net. As long as the Brooklyn native can continue to hold down a spot on the power play, he'll maintain solid fantasy value.
News: Karlsson (personal) will make his season debut Friday against Vegas, Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports California reports.
Impact: Karlsson missed Wednesday's Opening Night matchup with the Golden Knights to be present for the birth of his child, so he'll have extra motivation to put up a special performance Friday. The 29-year-old Swede will slot into a top-four role and a spot on San Jose's first power-play unit against Vegas.
News: The Sharks placed Prout (upper body) on injured reserve Friday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Impact: The Sharks have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Prout's upper-body issue, but he'll be sidelined for the team's next four games at a minimum. Jacob Middleton will round out San Jose's depth on the back end until Prout is cleared to play.
News: The Sharks recalled Middleton from AHL San Jose on Friday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dalton Prout (undisclosed) wasn't present at morning skate, so Middleton was likely recalled as an insurance policy in case Prout isn't available for Friday night's matchup with Vegas. The 23-year-old, who tallied one assist in three appearances with the big club last campaign, will be returned to the minors as soon as Prout is deemed fit to play.
News: The Sharks assigned Wiederer (upper body) to AHL San Jose on Thursday.
Impact: Wiederer has been recovering from an upper-body injury over the past few weeks, which is the only reason he wasn't cut from the big club sooner. The 2016 fifth-round pick, who notched 16 points in 39 AHL appearances last season, will likely spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: Burns produced an assist, four shots, two hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Burns impacted the scoresheet with the secondary helper on Marcus Sorensen's lone goal of the game. Burns has been steady in his career, producing at least 60 points and 105 blocked shots in each of his last five seasons. He's also added 300 or more shots on goal in four straight years -- making an impact for fantasy purposes even on the rare nights he doesn't record a point.
News: Couture produced an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: With the exit of Joe Pavelski in the offeseason, Couture will be looked to as the undisputed first-line center for the Sharks. He's off to a good start this year with an assist. The 30-year-old recorded a career-high 70 points in 81 games in 2018-19 and added 20 more points in as many postseason contests.
News: Sorensen scored a goal on his only shot and posted three hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Sorensen was the only Shark able to beat Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in this contest. Sorensen nearly did it twice, but a potential second goal was overturned for a high stick in the second period. The Swedish winger recorded 30 points in 80 games last season, and could be in line to produce similar numbers from the third line.
News: Jones allowed four goals on 35 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Jones' season starts with a loss, as Reilly Smith potted a pair of goals to account for half the damage against the 29-year-old goalie. Jones won 36 games last year, but with an unpleasant 2.94 GAA and .896 save percentage. Expect Jones and Aaron Dell to split the starts with the Sharks facing the Golden Knights again Friday before visiting the Ducks on Saturday.