San Jose Sharks: Barracuda Add Two Players To Roster


The San Jose Barracuda are continuing to fill out their roster in preparation for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League (AHL) as the top development affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. With that in mind, the Barracuda announced the signings of forward Vincent Arseneau and defenseman Rick Pinkston to two-way AHL/ECHL contracts for next season.

Arseneau, 23, who stands 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, had a whirlwind of a season last year, playing for four different teams across two different leagues. Arseneau began the season by playing 17 games with the Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Next, Arseneau played 20 games with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL before being traded to the Worcester Sharks.

Arseneau only appeared in two games for Worcester before ending his season with the Allen Americans of the ECHL, also affiliated with the San Jose Sharks. Arseneau would appear in eight regular season games for Allen, before making an impact in the Americans’ playoff run. Arseneau played in 24 postseason games for Allen where he registered seven goals and four assists, to go along with 49 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in helping the Americans win the Kelly Cup.

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Pinkston, 24, played only six games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL at the tail end of last season, which represents his only action in professional hockey. Before turning pro, Pinkston, who stands 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds, played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth.

In 28 games last season, Pinkston led all Dartmouth players with a plus-14 rating, to go along with career-highs with nine assists and 13 points. Over the course of his four-year college career, Pinkston appeared in 117 games, scoring 11 goals and 23 assists, good for 34 points and a plus-eight rating.

Both players will likely spend most of their 2015-16 seasons with the Barracuda, and it will be interesting to see the kind of team that San Jose puts together in their first season. The Worcester Sharks made the Calder Cup playoffs before bowing out in four games, so there should be some intrigue in how the Barracuda look.

According to the release, both Areseneau and Pinkston should participate in the Sharks rookie camp which will be held in September.

Arseneau and Pinkston will make their first appearance at SAP Center in San Jose when the Barracuda host the Rockford IceHogs, top development affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, on Oct. 9 in the franchise’s first game ever.

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