The Florida Panthers are in the midst of a very disappointing season. Their season is essentially lost and have already signaled that they are willing to make trades during this season. Riley Sheahan was acquired in a deal earlier this month that sent him and Derick Brassard to the Sunshine State.
Riley Sheahan is a left winger with some history at center. He brings playoff and Stanley Cup Finals experience to a San Jose Sharks bottom six that contains a few untested skaters. Sheahan is a NHL veteran who adds more to the table than the rookie Lukas Radil, who’s played well during his call up stint from the Barracuda.
This season he’s recorded 12 points while potting 7 goals. He played mostly in the bottom six for both Pittsburgh and Florida. His 28.06 ZSR per Corsica.Hockey exhibits that he is deployed quite a bit in his own zone. Similar to the other players mentioned in this piece that makes it difficult to judge how effective he’d be if he was given more offensive responsibilities.
Riley Sheahan is a very useful player even though he lacks a scorers touch. His above average skating ability will help the San Jose Sharks keep pace with some of the faster teams in the Western Conference. He even has the potential to play big minutes on the penalty kill if the San Jose Sharks see fit.
The 27 year Ontario native is also effective in the face-off dot. He’s logged a 48.7% FO% with 380 face-offs taken during his 55 games on the ice this season, per Puckbase. He would be a good insurance policy for Barclay Goodrow when it comes to taking face-offs on the left side dot.
The San Jose Sharks are definitely looking to round out the edges of this already formidable roster. But with their limited amount of ammunition it might be difficult to make a move that actually moves the needle. However their are plenty of avenues for Sharks management to explore in the coming weeks.