Source: Petrecki not NHL-ready


Source: Petrecki not NHL-ready

PITTSBURGH - Of all the names that are mentioned when it comes to the Sharks pool of prospects, the one I hear most often is that of defenseman Nick Petrecki. The question is, when will the former first rounder get a chance to make an impact on the Sharks roster?

The answer appears to be, not any time soon. Or, maybe ever.

A couple of pro scouts who see Petrecki on a regular basis in Worcester told me the 22-year-old is still a long way off from being NHL-ready. He was described to me as soft, and not physical in front of the net or along the boards, something a defenseman of his build and skill set would have to excel at in order to be effective.

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The Sharks chose the 6-3, 230-pound defenseman with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Hes spent the last three seasons with their AHL affiliate, scoring six goals and adding 31 assists for 37 points in 200 games. Although hes racked up more than 100 penalty minutes each season (342 total), hes not perceived as being one of the tougher players in terms of dropping the gloves as some of his teammates, according to one particular scout.

While Petrecki appears to be a miss for the Sharks, its important to note that the club traded up to choose All Star center Logan Couture in the same draft, and later found up-and-coming defenseman Justin Braun in the seventh round (201st overall). Goaltender Tyson Sexsmith, an AHL All-Star last season, was chosen in the third round (91st overall).

Petrecki is a restricted free agent this summer, and it will be interesting to see if the Sharks decide to qualify him. At this point, dont be surprised if they let him walk.

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news.

The Sharks confirmed that Robinson's contract would be expiring, and general manager Doug Wilson told NBC Sports California that the divorce was amicable, and "because of geography." Robinson lives in Florida.

According to the Montreal Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

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.