Sharks prospect sidelined indefinitely

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Sharks prospect sidelined indefinitely

Worcester Sharks defenseman and NHL prospect Taylor Doherty will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks after having surgery on a sliced Achilles tendon, a Sharks source confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com on Monday.

The 6-7, 235-pound Doherty, a second round pick by the Sharks in 2009, is expected to make a full recovery. In 14 games this season, the 21-year-old blueliner has a goal and two assists for three points and six penalty minutes.

Injuries have decimated Worcester’s blue line of late. On Sunday, the club was able to dress just five defensemen according to the Worcester Telegram, as Matt Irwin (upper body), Nick Petrecki (hand), Danny Groulx (concussion) and Sena Acolatse (undisclosed) were all out. Excluding Doherty, none of the defensemen are expected to be out long term and all are expected back within a few weeks, according to a Worcester spokesman.

Doherty, who is considered a good skater to go along with his massive frame, is in his second full year with Worcester. He has one goal and eight assists for nine points and 82 penalty minutes in 80 games over parts of three seasons.

On the organizational depth chart, Irwin and Doherty are the closest the Sharks have to NHL-ready defensemen in Worcester, according to a scout not affiliated with the club.

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Logan Couture will suit up for “Team Subban” for a charity game on Wednesday, as the NHLPA released its rosters for the event at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Center.

Team Subban, of course, refers to Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, while the opposition will call itself “Team Stamkos,” named for the Tampa Bay Lightning star.

More than 30 NHL players will partake in the game, including Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul from the Maple Leafs, Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Pittsburgh’s James Neal and Steve Ott of the Buffalo Sabres. Former Sharks forward Daniel Winnik, who signed with Anaheim in the offseason, will be a teammate of Couture.

According to the press release, all proceeds from the game will benefit grassroots hockey causes through the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund and the RBC Play Hockey program.

Couture recently returned to North America after playing in Switzerland for approximately three months.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.

Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

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Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

The Sharks have signed Czech defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal, originally reported by Radio Praha in the Czech Republic, is expected to be announced by the Sharks later this week, according to a source. Simek just finished competing for his country in the 2017 IIHF World Championships, skating in all eight games for the Czech Republic while posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a minus-two rating.

Simek, 24, has spent the last five seasons in the Czech League. In 42 games for Liberec in 2016-17, he posted 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHF website.

The New York Rangers were also interested in Simek, according to the report.

Simek will likely begin next season with the AHL Barracuda.

The Sharks have signed a number of free agents out of Europe in recent seasons, including Joonas Donskoi in 2015 and Marcus Sorensen and Tim Heed last May.