Per the internet, The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two year contract extension.
The San Jose Sharks have re-upped bottom six forward Barclay Goodrow to a two year contract extension for close to a million dollars per year. This would essentially buy out his last two years as a restricted FA.
Goodrow, the Toronto native, scored a career high 7 goals and 14 points last season and found himself getting regular minutes on the 4th line. Goodrow is a versitile enough player to switch in and out from the center position, and did so last season when Eric Fehr joined the team as the regular 4th line C. Yet, he still contributed in more ways than one.
Goodrow won 144 faceoffs of 242 and according to sjsharks.com, carries a 58.8 FO%. Good for first on the team, and third in all of the NHL.
"He switched to center during the 2017-18 campaign and won 58.8% of his draws, which led San Jose and ranked third in the NHL (min. 100 faceoffs)."
Goodrow’s ride with the San Jose Sharks hasn’t always been a smooth one. The undrafted free agent signed with the Sharks in 2014 and actually played in 60 games with the big club that year, netting himself four goals on twelve points total.
His career wasn’t as rosy after that, as Goodrow had trouble staying in the NHL totaling only 17 games in two years with the San Jose Sharks after his debut season. It wasn’t until last year that he’d found himself out of Peter DeBoer’s doghouse and logging regular minutes with the big club. Goodrow made the squad on opening day and iced himself 47 games only to be derailed by a broken hand in the beginning of March last season.
Goodrow has made his money on something GM Doug Wilson loves, grittiness and attitude. Wilson explained his stance further on sjsharks.com.
"“Barclay has impressed us with his attitude, work ethic and dedication to his game, particularly last season as he excelled on the ice for our club,” said Wilson. “He was an undrafted player we signed who worked his way up through our system, developing with head coach Roy Sommer and the Barracuda staff, before earning his spot with the Sharks. We are excited to watch Barclay excel on and off the ice for our organization.”"
Goodrow will look to build on his recent success this season as he looks to be called on once again as the 4th line Center for the San Jose Sharks. Goodrow only totaled 8:50 of ice time, and only 15 shifts, compared to last season’s average of around 9:44 TOI per naturalstattrick. However, again, this is game one, and Peter DeBeor was not rolling four lines into the third period.
Goodrow could end up being the only constant on the fourth line this season, as both Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen could see some time in the press box if they go through a rough stretch.
The San Jose Sharks play their next game Friday, October 5 at the Staples Center versus the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings. That game can be found as always, on NBC Sports Net California, and 98.5 KFOX in the South Bay. And ALWAYS live-tweeted right here @bladesofteal on twittah!