Can Barclay Goodrow turn the postseason momentum he built into another solid year for the San Jose Sharks?
The depth forward sealed his name into San Jose Sharks history with his game-winning goal versus the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 in round 1 of last years Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Coming off a regular season where Barclay Goodrow compiled 17 total points centering the fourth line while also playing big minutes on the penalty kill. Like many other Sharks last season he set career highs in many statistical categories including points, assists, and time on ice.
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The 26-year-old forward’s ability to play both wing and center has made him an extremely valuable piece for the Sharks despite his lack of scoring touch. His wide frame, above average skating ability, and positional awareness make him tough to ignore on the ice.
Goodrow’s abilities in the face-off circle also made him integral to the Sharks success last season. He ranked 5th on Team Teal in FO’s in 2018 – 2019 with 501 but ranked 1st in win percentage with a 53.7% rate, per puckbase. The most striking thing about this is that a decent chunk of these draws came in shorthanded situations which adds pressure to these crucial battles for the puck.
Entering the first year of a 2 year deal with an AAV of 925,000 Goodrow is a vital depth piece on Team Teal for the foreseeable future. He’ll likely play a similar role in San Jose next year unless another forward glaringly out plays the 4th line forward.
All things considered Barclay Goodrow is a good example that a skater is worth a lot more to a teams dynamic than just offensive zone usage and point totals. Barclay has a unique set of skills that makes him a valuable asset on this roster. Expect him to put up similar point totals as a year ago while still clocking crucial minutes on special teams.
It’s easy to overlook what Goodrow brings to table for the Sharks considering he doesn’t contribute all that much in traditional statistics. However he plays a vital role in this teams success on and off the ice. San Jose is fortunate to have him at such a good price.