NEWARK, NJ Martin Havlat is not the only one making his season debut for the Sharks on Friday against the Devils. Benn Ferriero, who joined the team on Thursday morning following a quick flight from Boston, will also be playing in his first NHL game of the young season.
Judging from practice, Ferriero will be on the teams third line with Michal Handzus and Torrey Mitchell. Andrew Desjardins looks to be the odd man out as he, Tommy Wingels and Frazer McLaren were all wearing the same colored practice jersey during Thursdays skate at the Prudential Center.
Todd McLellan was fairly blunt when asked about Ferrieros recall.
Were not very happy with some of our players and their performance, he said. We think that Benny can come in and maybe he can steal a job right now, which would be a great thing.
Ferriero is no stranger to jumping from the AHL to the NHL, and vice versa. In the past two seasons hes played a combined 57 games with the Sharks, and eight more in last years playoff run. He has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points and 17 penalty minutes in the regular season, and one goal in the playoffs.
After he didnt make the teams opening night roster, the 24-year-old Boston native wasnt sure when or if hed be back in the show.
I really had no idea what was going to happen when I was going to be called up, or if I was ever going to be called up, he said after Thursdays practice. Im really excited and cant wait to get going tomorrow.
Ferriero was one of the last training camp cuts, getting reassigned to the teams affiliate in Worcester on October 3.
I wanted to stick from the start. But, Ive done it the past two years. Its really nothing new to me. Im used to traveling and meeting the team in different places, and just playing.
Its not really a thing that you want to do, but its not too bad. Adrenaline gets you through an NHL game, and youre ready to go.
In two games in Worcester this year, Ferriero has two goals and an assist.