The San Jose Sharks have placed their shutdown defender Marc-Eduoard Vlasic on Injured Reserve for the foreseeable future. In order to fill the roster void left by this move management recalled defensemen Jacob Middleton from the Barracuda.
San Jose Sharks defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been listed as day – to – day since his last game on January 3rd, 2019. Since that night in Denver the blue liner has gingerly tested his shoulder injury during morning skates and was at times teased as a game time decision. But whatever’s ailing him must be more serious than we initially thought considering he’s getting shelved on IR for the immediate future.
In response to this news the San Jose Sharks recalled Barracuda defender Jacob Middleton to fill the void in their roster. With EK65 dealing with an injury himself the San Jose Sharks were desperate for some healthy bodies on the blue line. Middleton appeared in one game so far during the 2018 – 2019 campaign. He logged 5:01 at the SAP Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January, 5th. He didn’t see much ice during that 5 – 2 victory but with some other injuries plaguing Team Teal’s defensive depth look for him to get more opportunities.
The San Jose Sharks have been without Marc-Edouard Vlasic for nearly the whole year and have fared pretty well during that span. They’ve gone 6 -2 with players like Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson clocking huge minutes to make up for MEV’s absence. However for one to expect these two to keep up with this pace, especially with EK65 dealing with some nagging injuries of his own at the moment.
Team Teal will expect even more from their depth defenders like Joakim Ryan and Tim Heed. These two have both been in the coaching staff’s doghouse but now they have an opportunity to show their worth for the San Jose Sharks or another team around the NHL.
Also pay attention to the possibility of having the 3 depth blue liners of Ryan, Heed, and Middleton all in one game with EK65 requiring some rest before the All Star break. Regardless if that’s the case we should all count our blessings. The San Jose Sharks are much more fortunate than many other teams when it comes to organizational depth, especially on the back end.
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