Sharks assign defenseman Petrecki to Worcester

Sharks assign defenseman Petrecki to Worcester
September 27, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Nick Petrecki appeared in one game for the Sharks last year, spending 12 minutes on the ice. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks have assigned defenseman Nick Petrecki to Worcester, after he successfully cleared waivers.

The Sharks training camp roster now stands at 31 players headed into the final two preseason games this weekend.

Petrecki, 24, is a former first-round draft pick of the club in 2007 that has failed to pan out. He appeared in one game for the Sharks last year, his NHL debut, totaling 12 minutes of ice time. This will be his fifth season with Worcester.

The Sharks still have nine defensemen in training camp, including Brad Stuart, who is battling a lower body injury and has yet to play in a preseason game. The move is a clear indication that Matt Tennyson and Taylor Doherty, who remain in camp, have both surpassed Petrecki on the team’s depth chart.

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