San Jose Sharks Player News: All Positions

News: Letunov secured a one-year, two-way contract extension with San Jose on Thursday that will earn him $700,000 at the NHL level, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: Letunov was selected by the team in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft after a three-year career with the University of Connecticut. The center recorded 12 goals and 16 assists in his first professional season with AHL San Jose in 2018-19. The 23-year-old Russian will likely need to spend another year in the minors furthering his development.
News: Wood re-signed with the Sharks on a one-year, two-way contract with San Jose on Thursday which will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: Drafted by the Avalanche in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Wood played for AHL San Jose last year. In 68 contests, the defenseman tallied six goals and 29 helpers. Given the depth of the Sharks' blue line, the 23-year-old may be hard pressed to make an NHL appearance in 2019-20.
News: DeSimone inked a two-year, two-way contract with San Jose on Thursday worth $1.4 million at the NHL level, CapFriendly reports.
Impact: DeSimone went undrafted coming out of Union College, but spent the past two seasons with the Barracuda. In 65 appearances last year, the blueliner notched 14 goals and 32 assists. If he can continue to develop his offensive game, the 24-year-old should get a chance to make his NHL debut in 2019-20.
News: Suomela signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Impact: Suomela recorded eight points over 27 games last season -- in addition to six goals and 14 assists over 47 appearances with AHL San Jose -- and now will be able to look for a deeper role with the club. The loss of Joe Pavelski and possibly Joe Thornton benefits Suomela in that regard, but the emergence of Dylan Gambrell from the Barracudas could keep the 25-year-old in a bottom-six role.
News: Gambrell signed a two-year contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Impact: Gambrell was playing in San Jose on an entry-level deal signed in March of 2018. Even though the 22-year-old only appeared in eight games and was unable to log a point last season, he was able to record 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) over 51 games for the Barracudas in the AHL. Gambrell could be in for an increased role in the 2019-20 campaign in part due to the departure of Joe Pavelski and possibly Joe Thornton.
News: Labanc re-signed Monday with the Sharks on a one-year contract.
Impact: The 23-year-old was a restricted free agent, which always made it likely that he would return to San Jose in 2019-20. The American winger appeared in all 82 games for the Sharks a season ago, tallying 17 goals and 39 assists while averaging 14:01 of ice time per game. He'll likely fill a top-six role for San Jose during the upcoming campaign.
News: Kniazev agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with San Jose on Tuesday.
Impact: After coming up through the Ak Bars Kazan youth system, Kniazev made the move to the QMJHL last season, racking up 13 goals and 21 assists in 55 games for Chicoutimi. The 18-year-old was selected by San Jose in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft and figures to spend at least another year in juniors.
News: Gallant signed a three-year, entry-level contract with San Jose on Tuesday.
Impact: Gallant was selected by the Red Wings in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft, but was never able to secure a deal with the club. The 20-year-old notched 25 points in 30 games with OHL Peterborough last season. Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, the center figures to spend the year in the minors furthering his development and likely won't be a call-up candidate any time soon.
News: Knyzhov agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with San Jose on Tuesday.
Impact: Knyzhov recorded one goal and four assists in 46 games for VHL club SKA-Neva St. Petersburg. Given his limited offensive upside, the defensively-minded blueliner likely won't provide much in terms of fantasy value if he ever makes his way into the NHL. Looking ahead to the 2019-20 campaign, the 21-year-old likely will stay in Europe for another year to further his development.
News: Brodzinski secured a one-year contract from San Jose on Tuesday.
Impact: Brodzinski missed much of the 2018-19 campaign due to a shoulder injury, logging a mere 13 games for the Kings once cleared to play. The winger will serve in a bottom-six role for the Sharks and likely has a ceiling in the 10-15 point range even if he plays in all 82 contests.
News: Prout penned a one-year, $800,000 contract with San Jose on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Prout saw action in just 20 games for the Flames last year, in which he tallied one goal, one assist and 14 shots while averaging a meager 13:07 of ice time. Minutes won't be any easier to come by with the Sharks, so look for the 29-year-old to spend plenty of time in the press box.
News: Heed earned a one-year, $960,000 contract with San Jose on Monday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Following the departure of Justin Braun via trade to Philadelphia, Heed finds himself with an opportunity to secure more minutes without having to relocate. The blueliner's deal is essentially a "prove-it" contract and gives him the opportunity to secure more term next summer with a solid 2019-20 campaign.
News: Meier signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Sharks on Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: This is a fantastic deal for San Jose, as Meier is coming off a break-out campaign during which he set career highs in goals (30), assists (36) and shots on goal (250) in 78 regular-season contests. If he hit the open market, he'd likely be making at least $7 million on an annual basis, but his negotiating power was limited due to his status as a restricted free agent. The 2015 first-round pick is just 22 years old, and should only continue to improve over the next four seasons with the Sharks. In other words, fantasy owners can count on Meier remaining a highly valuable asset for the foreseeable future.
News: Pavelski (lower body) is expected to sign with Dallas when free agency begins, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Pavelski has been the Sharks' captain over the last four seasons, but it sounds like he'll be wearing a different sweater for the first time in his NHL career. The 34-year-old has been incredibly consistent over the last decade or so. In his 13-year career, Pavelski has tallied 355 goals and 761 points in 963 games.
News: Shoenborn didn't receive a qualifying offer from San Jose on Tuesday, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Schoenborn wasn't even able to land a spot on AHL San Jose's roster last season, so he likely won't have many suitors in free agency.
News: The Sharks didn't extend Martin a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, so he'll hit the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Martin has been unable to crack the Sharks' lineup since signing his entry-level deal in March of 2016, so this news isn't exactly surprising. He was, however, somewhat productive in the minors last season, notching 28 points in 57 games, so he'll probably be able to secure a two-way contract with a new organization this offseason.
News: San Jose didn't send Fitzgerald a qualifying offer Tuesday, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Fitzgerald was solid in the minors last season, notching seven goals and 20 points while registering a plus-4 rating in 66 games, but he's clearly not a part of San Jose's plans for the future. The 22-year-old blueliner should be able to land a two-way deal with a new organization this offseason.
News: The Sharks didn't send Chartier a qualifying offer Tuesday, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Impact: Chartier had an extremely limited role with the Sharks this season, picking up one goal while posting a minus-5 rating in 13 games, so this move doesn't come as a surprise.
News: The Sharks didn't extend Brodzinski a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Brodzinski will thus become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 2013 fifth-round pick was demoted to the ECHL this season after spending the 2017-18 campaign with AHL San Jose, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't draw any interest from any other NHL clubs.
News: The Sharks extended Wood a qualifying offer Tuesday.
Impact: Wood spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season in the minors, picking up six goals and 35 points in 68 contests. All signs point to the 23-year-old once again sticking with AHL San Jose during the upcoming campaign.
News: The Sharks sent Suomela a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Suomela was decent in limited action with the big club last season, notching three goals and eight points in 27 appearances. He'll get a chance to battle for a regular spot in the lineup as a bottom-six center during training camp.
News: Meier received a qualifying offer from the Sharks prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: This news comes as a surprise to no one, as there was no way San Jose was going to let Meier hit free agency after he broke out with 30 goals and 66 points in 78 games this campaign. The 2015 first-round pick will undoubtedly be inking a fresh deal to remain with the Sharks in the coming weeks.
News: San Jose qualified Letunov prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Letunov logged his first season as a pro in 2018-19, notching 12 goals and 28 points in 57 games with AHL San Jose. The 2014 second-round pick will likely get a long look during the Sharks' training camp in September, but he'll probably spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors.
News: Labanc received a qualifying offer from the Sharks prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: There was zero chance that the Sharks were going to let Labanc hit free agency, as he's already established himself as one of the team's best forwards just three years into his career. The 23-year-old winger will almost certainly be signing a multi-year deal to remain in San Jose in the coming weeks.
News: The Sharks extended Gambrell a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Gambrell only appeared in eight games with the big club last season, going scoreless while logging six shots on goal, but he could be in line for an expanded role in 2019-20 if the Sharks decide to let several of their unrestricted free agent forwards walk.
News: DeSimone received a qualifying offer from the Sharks prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: DeSimone was AHL San Jose's most productive blueliner in terms of offense last season, racking up 14 goals and 46 points in 65 games, so it's no surprise that the organization would like him to stick around. However, at this point there's no reason to believe he'll have a regular role with the big club in 2019-20.
News: Ryan did not receive a qualifying offer from San Jose ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ryan's time in San Jose featured 19 points in 106 contests. The 26-year-old blueliner will now attempt to secure a contract with another club on the open market, but the fact is Ryan offers little in terms of fantasy production, regardless of what jersey he puts on.
News: Spiridonov was drafted 108th overall by the Sharks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: While most Russian players are known for their skill, Spiridonov's biggest asset is his reliability. He has terrific size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and excels on faceoffs. Spiridonov should be able to chip in some offense here and there, but it will be more the result of hard work and determination as opposed to individual talent. Spiridonov is the rare Russian prospect who is more floor than ceiling. Now San Jose must set about trying to get him over to North America.
News: The Canucks traded Pyatt and a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Sharks for Francis Perron and a 2019 seventh-round pick Saturday.
Impact: Pyatt has plenty of history at the top level, but he suited up for just 37 games last season for the Senators. After being dealt to the Canucks earlier this offseason, Pyatt is on the move again. Given the talent level on the Sharks' roster, the veteran will likely have his work cut out for him to earn a spot on the NHL roster.
News: Perron was traded to Vanouver along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for Tom Pyatt and a sixth-round pick at the draft Saturday.
Impact: Perron spent just one year in the Sharks' organization after being acquired in the Erik Karlsson trade last offseason. His chances of making an impact at the NHL level remain minimal.
News: Hamaliuk was drafted 55th overall by the Sharks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: This is an upside play for San Jose. Hamaliuk played just 31 games (26 points) for WHL Seattle this past season and scouts had a difficult time getting a read on the big man because he was seemingly never in the lineup. When Hamaliuk is at his best, he has displayed flashes of being a dominant power forward. While not a burner, Hamaliuk is an underrated passer who can generate offense in a variety of different ways. Guys like Serron Noel (Florida) and Isaac Ratcliffe (Philadelphia) were big kids viewed as long-term projects in their draft years and now they are two of the better prospects in the league. Hamaliuk has similar potential, but it's going to be a process.
News: Knyazev was drafted 48th overall by the Sharks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: To succeed in the NHL as an undersized defenseman, you must be able to skate and you must be able to move the puck quickly. Those are Knyazev's two biggest strengths. Knyazev left his club team in Russia to join Chicoutimi of the QMJHL this past season and the results (13 goals, 34 points in 55 games) were positive. Knyazev will never be mistaken for a shutdown penalty killer, but his mobility and vision should be real assets down the line for San Jose. The Russian has a high floor and a high ceiling.
News: Donskoi will test the free-agent market, though he hasn't ruled out a return to San Jose, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: With a number of pending free agents to try to lock up; including Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Kevin Labanc, there simply may not be enough money to go around for the Sharks to offer Donskoi a contract he deems appropriate. The winger set career highs in assists (23), points (37) and shooting percentage (12.2) this past season and will no doubt be looking for a bump from his previous $1.9 million AAV.
News: Thornton said Tuesday that he plans to play for the Sharks next season, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thornton had previously stated he was unsure about returning for his 21st season, but the center himself confirmed he'll be back. He even doubled down when he texted Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday, stating: "Thinking I got 5 more years left in me." The 39-year-old put up a solid 16 goals and 51 points last season, proving that he still has something left in the tank. He's set to be a free agent come July 1, but it's all but a guarantee he'll be back with the Sharks next season.
News: The Sharks traded Braun to the Flyers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 third-round pick Tuesday.
Impact: The Sharks primarily made this move to free up some much needed cap space, so the pair of draft picks they'll be getting back in return are really just an added bonus. Braun's lack of offensive upside will prevent him from being a viable option in most fantasy formats, but he should be able to log 20-plus minutes of ice time per night and hold his own against the opposition's top forwards, making him a valuable piece for Philadelphia.
News: Karlsson (groin) signed an eight-year, $92 million contract extension with the Sharks on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Karlsson was going to be one of the most highly sought after free agents had he hit the open market July 1, but he evidently has enjoyed his time in San Jose enough to want to commit to the Sharks long term. The fact that it was the only club that could offer him an eight-year deal probably didn't hurt, either. The Swedish defenseman was hampered by injuries for much of the 2018-19 campaign, but he was still able to produce at an elite pace when available, racking up three goals and 45 points in 53 regular-season appearances before adding two goals and 16 points in 19 playoff games. The 29-year-old recently underwent surgery to address the groin injury he was playing through toward the end of the campaign, but he's expected to be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, and should be one of the first blueliners selected in this year's fantasy drafts.
News: Karlsson (groin) is reportedly closing in on a contract extension with San Jose, per Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Impact: Karlsson was hampered by injuries at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs, which limited his productivity. The veteran blueliner will likely command a contract similar to the eight-year, $88 million deal signed by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty in July of 2018. Assuming Karlsson can get back to 100 percent, he should be capable of getting back over the 60-point mark and could even push for 70.
News: Karlsson underwent successful surgery Friday to address the groin injury he suffered during the 2018-19 campaign.
Impact: Karlsson was never fully healthy this season, but he was still a force to be reckoned with while playing at less than 100 percent, racking up three goals and 45 points in 53 regular-season appearances before adding two goals and 16 points in 19 playoff games. The 29-year-old Swede is expected to recover fully and should be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign, which will undoubtedly help his case during negotiations as one of this offseason's top unrestricted free agents.
News: Emond signed a standard, entry-level deal with the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: Emond was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Sharks. The Canadian recorded a regular-season record of 24-0-1 in the QMJHL while also leading the league in shutouts (seven), GAA (1.73) and save percentage (.923) this past season.
News: Viel inked a two-year contract with San Jose on Wednesday.
Impact: Aftering making the jump from juniors last season, Viel tallied 11 goals and 11 assists in 68 appearances for AHL San Jose. The undrafted winger figures to spend the bulk of the 2019-20 campaign continuing to develop his game in the minors, but could be called upon should the injuries pile up for the Sharks.
News: Bergmann and the Sharks agreed on a standard entry-level deal Tuesday.
Impact: Bergmann was never drafted by a team, but the 6-foot-2, 2005-pound forward officially inked his entry-level deal Tuesday. Last season in Germany's top pro league, he had 20 goals and 29 points in 50 games for the Iserlohn Roosters. He's also had experience in North America, suiting up in 125 junior games in the USHL for the Sioux Falls Stampede and Green Bay Gamblers.
News: Simek (leg) resumed skating Thursday and appears to be recovering "faster than usual," David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Simek had surgery March 14 to repair his torn ACL, MCL and meniscus. The 26-year-old was undoubtedly missed during San Jose's playoff run -- Simek only produced nine points over 40 games, but the blueliner was getting work on a defensive pairing with Brent Burns and brought extra physicality to the Sharks' defense. Simek also said Thursday that he expects to be fully recovered when training camp rolls around in September.
News: Karlsson isn't sure if his groin injury will require surgery yet, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Karlsson, a pending unrestricted free agent, missed 29 games during the regular season due to injury, and he clearly wasn't playing at 100 percent during the Sharks' playoff run. Nonetheless, the Swedish blueliner was able to rack up two goals and 16 points in 19 games this postseason, exhibiting just how deadly he can be even when hobbled. Karlsson will be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but his health will undoubtedly play a huge role in teams' willingness to sign him to a long-term deal.
News: Thornton has yet to decide if he'll play in 2019-20. However, if he does return, it will only be with San Jose, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Thornton posted a respectable 51 points in 73 games this campaign, so he probably still has at least one more productive season left in the tank, but it remains to be seen if he'll be hungry enough mentally to make one last run with San Jose in 2019-20. The Sharks have a number of big decisions to make this offseason in terms of which pending free agents they should re-sign, including Thornton, so his status for next year likely won't become clear until free agency kicks off July 1.
News: Hertl missed Tuesday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Blues due to a head injury, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The specific nature of Hertl's injury wasn't released prior to Tuesday's contest, but this news doesn't come as a surprise considering it was a high hit from St. Louis' Ivan Barbashev that knocked him out of Game 5. The 25-year-old winger should be at full strength heading into next season, and he'll be looking to build upon a fantastic 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in goals (35) and assists (39) in 77 games. Hertl should be viewed as a top-tier fantasy option with plenty of upside ahead of next year's drafts.
News: Pavelski (lower body) is confident that he'll be back with the Sharks in 2019-20, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Pavelski is just one of the many unrestricted free agents the Sharks will have to make a decision on this offseason -- a list that includes Joe Thornton and Erik Karlsson -- but he always seemed to be the most likely of the bunch to be re-signed. The veteran pivot missed the final game of San Jose's postseason run due to a nagging lower-body injury, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his offseason training regimen. Pavelski eclipsed the 60-point mark for a third straight season in 2018-19, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to continue that trend in 2019-20, making him a desirable option in all fantasy formats.
News: Donskoi notched a helper and two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Donskoi was held off the scoresheet in his previous five games, but managed the helper on Dylan Gambrell's first NHL tally, which cut the score to 2-1 at the time. Donskoi had only three points in 12 playoff games, as he battled injuries throughout the postseason run and likely wasn't 100 percent this spring after posting a career high 37 points in 80 regular-season games.
News: Gambrell scored his first NHL goal, but it was the Sharks' only tally in a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Blues in Tuesday's Game 6.
Impact: The second round pick from 2016 had gone without a goal in his previous 12 NHL games, but slotted into the lineup after injuries to Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski in Game 5. Gambrell produced 20 goals and 45 points with AHL San Jose in 51 regular-season games, as well as a goal and three helpers in four AHL playoff games with the Barracuda.
News: Jones yielded four goals on 18 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: Jones allowed 11 goals on 80 shots over the final three games of the series, while the Sharks were able to score only twice in that span. Jones ends the playoffs with a 3.01 GAA and an .898 save percentage in 20 postseason outings.
News: Pavelski (undisclosed) is listed as a scratch for Tuesday's Game 6 in St. Louis and won't play, per the NHL's Official roster report.
Impact: This is damaging news to a team that is already without Tomas Hertl (undisclosed) and Erik Karlsson (groin), as they try to send the series back to San Jose for Game 7. Since returning from a head injury in Game 7 versus Colorado, Pavelski has notched two goals, three assists and 10 shots in six appearances. Joe Thornton will slide in as the second-line center, and Marcus Sorenson will draw into the lineup with Pavelski out.
News: Pavelski (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision against the Blues on Tuesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pavelski didn't take part in the morning skate, but could still be available for Tuesday's tilt. The club will already be without Tomas Hertl (undisclosed) and Erik Karlsson (groin), so the potential loss of Pavelski would severely hurt the team's chances of forcing a Game 7 back in San Jose. Since returning from a head injury in Game 7 versus Colorado, the Wisconsin native has notched two goals, three assists and 10 shots in six appearances. If Pavelski is unable to play, Joe Thornton would be the most likely candidate to slot into a top-six role.
News: Hertl (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's must-win Game 6 against the Blues, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The injury bug couldn't have hit the Sharks at a worse time. Hertl and Erik Karlsson (undisclosed) have already been ruled out of Game 6, and captain Joe Pavelski has been labeled a game-time decision for the must-win match. Hertl can only hope that his teammates will be able to pull off the upset on the road Tuesday to give him an opportunity to rejoin the lineup for Game 7 in San Jose on Thursday.
News: Karlsson (groin) didn't make the trip to St. Louis for Game 6 and will be out of the lineup Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Karlsson -- who has been hampered by a groin injury throughout the postseason -- still racked up two goals and 14 assists in 19 playoff contests. Replacing a player of the Swede's caliber won't be easy, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic should see an uptick in minutes, including on the power play, while Tim Heed suits up for the first time since April 16 versus Vegas. If his teammates can extend the series to Game 7, Karlsson could be an option after a few days off, though the club likely won't make any decision until closer to puck drop.
News: Jones will guard the cage in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Blues in St. Louis, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jones struggled in Sunday's Game 5, surrendering five goals on 40 shots en route to a disheartening 5-0 loss at home. The 29-year-old netminder will look to shake off that poor performance and help his team force a Game 7 in San Jose by trying to pick up his fourth road victory of the playoffs.
News: Praplan agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Swiss club SC Bern on Friday.
Impact: After being traded by San Jose to Florida for future considerations at the deadline, the chances of Praplan securing a two-way NHL deal were probably pretty slim. The winger will head back to his native Switzerland, where he previously played from 2014-18. In his one year in the AHL, the 24-year-old recorded six goals and 17 helpers in 41 outings for San Jose and Springfield. Given the length of Praplan's contract, a return to North America seems highly unlikely.
News: Jones turned aside 35 of 40 shots during Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: The banged-up Sharks gave Jones little support at either end of the ice, but the netminder also failed to make any big saves when his team needed a boost. The 29-year-old will carry a 2.96 GAA and .902 save percentage in the postseason into Tuesday's Game 6 in St. Louis, with San Jose facing elimination.
News: Hertl (undisclosed) did not play in the third period of Sunday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Hertl scored his first goal of the series in Game 4 but didn't get much going in Game 5 as his Sharks were shut out. It's unclear when or how the 25-year-old was injured, but his status for Game 6 on Tuesday is up in the air.
News: Pavelski (undisclosed) left during the third period of Sunday's Game 5 loss to the Blues, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Pavelski took a hit from Alex Pietrangelo and slowly brought himself back to the locker room. The Sharks' captain missed six games last series due to a head injury so hopefully this injury is unrelated. His availability for Tuesday's Game 6 matchup is unknown.
News: Karlsson (undisclosed) did not play in the final period of Sunday's Game 5 loss to the Blues, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Karlsson had been dealing with a groin issue prior to Game 5 so it's possible that his exit from the contest is related to that. The Sharks will be facing elimination in St. Louis on Tuesday and it's unclear whether the 28-year-old will be available or not.
News: Jones will start in goal for Game 5 versus St. Louis on Sunday.
Impact: No surprises here, as Jones will man San Jose's crease in what is sure to be an intense matinee matchup Sunday. The Sharks netminder was dealt a bad hand in the two teams' last meeting that saw the Blues win in controversial fashion. Jones will try to maintain his stellar home form, as he's gone 7-2 in games played amongst friends, far better than his road playoff record of 3-5.
News: Karlsson (groin) will be in the lineup Sunday when San Jose and St. Louis square off for Game 5, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The soon-to-be free agent defenseman has spent most the year battling groin issues, but Karlsson is expected to play a regular shift Sunday. The former Senators captain has 16 points in 18 games this postseason, including a pair of goals.
News: Karlsson provided a power-play helper and four shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Karlsson now has two goals and two assists each in the series, but he went 7:31 without playing at one point in the third period. Karlsson missed 27 games over the second half of the regular season with a groin injury, which makes his light usage while the Sharks were trailing a bit concerning. Coach Pete DeBoer did not provide any update on Karlsson's condition after the game.
News: Burns registered a power-play assist, two hits and two shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Burns only has two assists through four games in the Western Conference finals, but he has provided a plus-3 rating, 14 shots on goal and nine hits. Additionally, both helpers have come on the power play. Burns has five goals and 11 helpers in 18 contests this postseason.
News: Hertl scored a power-play goal on two shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Hertl had been held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the series before finding twine on the man advantage. It would be the Sharks' only goal of the game, which leaves the series tied at two games apiece ahead of Sunday's Game 5. Hertl has 10 goals and five helpers in 18 contests in the playoffs.
News: Jones stopped 20 of 22 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4.
Impact: Jones was beat by Blues winger Ivan Barbashev after a defensive blunder by Brent Burns in the first minute of the game, and a Tyler Bozak power-play goal later in the frame would account for all the damage against Jones. His Sharks teammates were only able to crack Jordan Binnington once at the other end of the ice. Jones will hope for better support at home in Sunday's Game 5.
News: Jones will tend the twine for Friday's Game 4 road clash with St. Louis.
Impact: Jones has posted a subpar 3.63 GAA and .875 save percentage so far in this series, but he's still managed to secure a pair of wins thanks to an offense that has put up 4.33 goals per game through the first three outings. As long as he can keep the game close, Joe Pavelski and company should be able to do the rest, though fantasy owners may not want to rely on the netminder to pitch a shutout any time soon.
News: Meier posted an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Meier has tormented the Blues with five points and 12 hits in three games in the series, including the game-winning goal in Game 1. Meier has made a name for himself in the playoffs with five goals and 10 helpers through 17 outings.
News: Nyquist picked up a helper in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Nyquist has three helpers in as many games in the series, but he's only managed one shot on goal and has an even plus-minus rating. He's up to 11 points through 17 games in the playoffs overall.
News: Pavelski picked up an assist and five blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Pavelski laid his body on the line to make Martin Jones' life a little easier Wednesday. Pavelski has four goals, five helpers and 14 blocked shots in 11 postseason appearances, including three points in as many games in the Western Conference finals.
News: Vlasic notched an assist, two shots and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Vlasic has two goals and three helpers in his last six games, making him a semi-regular contributor to the Sharks offense. He's added 16 blocked shots in that span, adding a little non-scoring value for fantasy owners.
News: Dillon picked up an assist and four hits in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Dillon has managed two assists, 59 hits, 18 blocked shots and 20 PIM in 17 postseason contests. He's also had 10 shots on goal and a minus-5 rating. The defense-first blueliner should not be counted on heavily for fantasy purposes.
News: Labanc notched a pair of helpers in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Both of Labanc's assists came on goals by center Joe Thornton. Labanc has four tallies and five helpers through 17 games in the playoffs, a solid contribution for the third-line winger who has typically skated 14:59 per game entering Wednesday's contest.
News: Couture scored a goal on five shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Couture is implanting himself in the nightmares of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, as his game-tying tally with 1:01 remaining in the third period was his fifth goal and sixth point of the series. Couture has rattled off 13 shots in the last three games, and he's frequently looked like the best player on the ice against the Blues.
News: Thornton scored twice and added a helper and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Thornton's second goal came in the second period, which made it a 3-1 for the Sharks at the time, but the Blues would end the frame with a 4-3 lead before the Sharks got goals from Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson to complete their comeback. Thornton has produced four goals and six helpers in 16 contests during the playoffs, providing valuable depth scoring as well as veteran experience for the Sharks.
News: Karlsson scored the first and last goals in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: These were Karlsson's first two goals of 2019, as he failed to score in 31 appearances since Dec. 29, having missed 27 other contests due to a groin injury. He now has 15 points in 17 games in the postseason.
News: Jones allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: The Sharks spotted their goalie a two-goal lead after the first period, but Jones allowed all four goals in the second period. Logan Couture then tied the game in the third period before Erik Karlsson's second tally of the night got Jones off the hook in overtime. The win was not without controversy, as the officials missed a hand pass leading up to the overtime tally, but that doesn't change the fact that the Sharks now lead the series 2-1. Jones will look to be stingier in Friday's pivotal Game 4.
News: Jones will patrol the crease in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Blues in St. Louis.
Impact: Jones wasn't great in Game 2, surrendering four goals on 25 shots en route to his sixth lost of the playoffs. The 29-year-old backstop will look to bounce back and help his team regain home-ice advantage in the series by picking up his third road victory of this postseason Wednesday.
News: Meier picked up an assist and four shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Meier has now collected four points in the first two games of the series. He also had five hits for the second consecutive game. Meier is clicking with center Logan Couture, who scored both Sharks goals Monday, making the Swiss winger a favorable option for DFS players in Wednesday's Game 3.
News: Couture scored two goals -- one shorthanded -- in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: With the two-goal effort, Couture now has 100 career points in the postseason. He's up to 13 goals and 19 points in 16 contests during this playoff run, leading the NHL in both of the scoring categories.
News: Jones allowed four goals on 25 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Jones was unable to come up with big saves against the Blues, resulting in the series being tied at one game apiece after Monday. Chalk it up as a bad game for the 29-year-old, who will have a chance for redemption in St. Louis on Wednesday.
News: Jones will face the Blues for Monday's Game 2 tilt, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: No surprise here as Jones was solid in San Jose's 6-3 win Saturday, stopping 28 shots in the process. He's been better during this playoff run than he was during the regular season, posting a 2.74 GAA and .909 save percentage in 15 postseason contests.
News: Vlasic managed an assist and a blocked shot in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Vlasic has gone on a modest scoring binge with four points in his last four games, adding 11 blocked shots in that span as well. For the playoffs overall, he has seven points and 28 blocks in 13 appearances, which may be enough to earn a little attention in some DFS formats.
News: Thornton collected an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Thornton hadn't found the scoresheet since Game 1 of the second round, when he had a goal and an assist. The helper Saturday gives Thornton seven points in 14 playoffs games during this playoff run.
News: Kane registered an assist and six hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Kane has struggled to consistently generate offense, with two goals and six assists through 15 games. He almost always brings a physical edge, though -- the winger is up to 57 hits and 45 shots in the playoffs. Should the series take a high-scoring turn, Kane will likely find a reasonable share of that offense.
News: Karlsson notched a power-play assist and three shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Karlsson has 13 points, all helpers, in 15 games during the playoffs. Five of those assists have come with the man advantage. While a goal mixed in every now and then would be nice, the near-point-per-game pace should be plenty appealing to the Swedish blueliner's fantasy owners.
News: Burns posted a power-play assist and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Burns now has a goal and three helpers over his last three games, adding eight hits, seven shots and seven blocked shots in that span. The multi-category beast has 15 points in as many appearances in the playoffs, supplying 40 shots, 39 blocks and 31 hits.
News: Labanc scored a goal in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: The winger hadn't registered a point since Game 1 of the second round, when he scored a game-winner against the Avalanche. Labanc has four goals and three helpers in 15 games during the playoffs, but four of those points came in Game 7 versus the Golden Knights to close out the first round.
News: Nyquist supplied two assists and went plus-2 in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Nyquist's production has come in bunches, as Saturday marked his third two-assist outing in his last six games. He's produced a goal and nine helpers through 15 postseason appearances, meshing nicely with Logan Couture and Timo Meier on the Sharks' top line.
News: Pavelski posted a power-play goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: It's his second consecutive multi-point outing, and his third in nine appearances during the postseason after sitting out most of the second round with a head injury. Pavelski is up to four goals and four helpers in the playoffs, adding 21 shots and 18 hits.
News: Meier scored twice, added an assist and delivered five hits in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Meier now has five goals and 13 points in 15 contests during the postseason, tied with Erik Karlsson for fourth on the Sharks in points. The physical winger also has 57 hits and 45 shots on goal during the playoff run, making him a premier DFS option at this point in the year.
News: Couture scored twice, added an assist and went plus-3 in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: His line with Timo Meier and Gustav Nyquist accounted for eight points, potting four of the Sharks' six tallies in the contest. Couture leads all skaters with 11 goals and 17 points in 15 games during the postseason run, which is only partially attributed to the Sharks' first two series each going seven games.
News: Jones allowed three goals on 31 shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Jones gave up a goal in each period, but received plenty of support from his offense to help the Sharks stake out a 1-0 series lead. He has a 2.74 GAA and a .909 save percentage through 15 appearances in the playoffs so far, and will likely tend the twine again for Monday's Game 2.
News: Jones will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Blues in San Jose, NHL.com's Kevin Woodley reports.
Impact: Jones was rock solid in Wednesday's Game 7 win over the Avalanche, turning aside 27 of 29 shots en route to his eighth win of the playoffs and an appearance in the conference finals. The 29-year-old will look to keep rolling and help his team maintain home-ice advantage in the series by trying to pick up his seventh home win of this postseason Saturday.
News: Sund signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Impact: Sund played in the Finnish Elite League during the 2018-19 season, logging career highs in points (35), goals (eight), assists (27) and games played (60). Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement that they particularly like the 23-year-old's vision and how he has developed over his time with Sport Vaasa in the FEL in addition to the previous month he spent with the Finnish National Team.
News: Karlsson posted an assist with three shots and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Karlsson managed two assists in seven games while adding 11 shots on goal. He has been used mostly on the fourth line in the playoffs, which has given him little opportunity to correct his scoring struggles. However, he had only 16 points in 79 regular-season games, so there's not a high ceiling on his production.
News: Kane had an assist and three hits in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Kane was mostly quiet in the second round, posting a goal and two helpers in seven games, but he also had 17 hits and 22 shots on goal. The physical winger is likely to be a benefit in multiple categories in the Western Conference finals.
News: Burns had two assists, three shots and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Burns finished the series with four goals and six helpers in seven games, and that was with him being held off the scoresheet three times. Burns has five goals and nine helpers in 14 games during the playoffs, and should remain a top option on defense for fantasy owners in the Western Conference finals.
News: Donskoi's first goal of the playoffs was the game-winner in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Donskoi has appeared in only six playoff games, posting a goal and an assist in that span, but the goal was enough to send the Sharks to the Western Conference finals against the Blues. He skated only 7:34 Wednesday, and his fourth-line usage makes him an unreliable option in fantasy circles.
News: Hertl scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Hertl finished the series with six points in seven games while taking 24 shots on goal. For the playoffs overall, Hertl has 14 points in as many games as one of the top point producers for the Sharks.
News: Pavelski (head) scored a goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7.
Impact: Pavelski had missed the first six games of the series with the head injury, but he bounced back with a vital performance in the first period to help the Sharks gain a lead they did not relinquish. Pavelski has three goals and three helpers in eight playoff games, and should play a big role in the Western Conference finals.