The San Jose Sharks are juggling a few injuries to key players on the roster. In response to this Team Teal recalled Nick DeSimone and Dylan Gambrell to solidify their depth.
The San Jose Sharks have suffered massive blows to core pieces of the roster with players like Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek losing significant time to injury. Also with questions surrounding the health of two of Team Teal’s top six forwards the squad was looking a little thin. That’s why reassigning both Gambrell and DeSimone to the big club made sense for the Sharks.
The organizational depth has bailed out Team Teal on countless occasions this year and it looks like they’ll need it again with the final stretch of the regular season.
Logan Couture was a surprise scratch for the game on Thursday night against the Kings, which put Evander Kane in a tough spot having to fill in down the middle. So calling up a center like Dylan Gambrell was the logical decision if the Sharks coaching staff encounters another unexpected roster causality.
Dylan Gambrell has appeared in 6 San Jose Sharks games this season and hasn’t been able to record a point. However he’s played a bulk of his time with the AHL affiliate the San Jose Barracuda. He’s been iced for 42 games and has recorded 38 total points this season.
On the Barracuda, Gambrell takes a bulk of the tough defensive responsibilities along with the more difficult face-off assignments. Don’t be surprised if Gambrell gets slotted into the line-up at fourth line center if the Sharks face another unforeseen game time decision.
The San Jose Sharks also recalled defenseman Nick DeSimone. In his 55 games on the Barracuda this season the right-handed blue-liner has compiled 39 points with 11 goals. As the power-play quarterback for the baby Sharks DeSimone has been given the ability to show off his offensive touch. Perhaps we could see him slotted into the right side instead of Tim Heed. It’s even a possibility that we could see him playing on his offside with Brent Burns, considering Joakim Ryan hasn’t played all that well.
Regardless of the route they take the San Jose Sharks have recalled a dynamic depth piece on the back-end. Both of these roster moves exhibit the depth of this organization. Even though these two probably don’t factor into the playoff roster for Team Teal. It’s nice to see an organization understand how important quality players at all tiers of their system.