Vegas picks defenseman Schlemko from Sharks in expansion draft

Vegas picks defenseman Schlemko from Sharks in expansion draft

UPDATE (6:28pm PT on Wednesday): The Las Vegas Golden Knights have selected Sharks defenseman David Schlemko in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

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A few hours before the Vegas Golden Knights roster was set to be unveiled, word leaked on which Sharks player they have selected.

Defenseman David Schlemko will be headed to the expansion team, which will begin play in the fall, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

A source told NBC Sports California that there is no side deal or trade between the Sharks and Golden Knights. Vegas is simply selecting one of the available players that the Sharks did not protect ahead of the expansion draft.

It’s possible that the Golden Knights are selecting Schlemko with the purpose of trading him to another team. The 30-year-old is signed for the next three years at a reasonable $2.1 million salary cap hit.

The Sharks should have internal options to replace Schlemko, who, in his only season with the Sharks, notched two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 62 games while skating primarily on the third defense pair with Brenden Dillon.

Dylan DeMelo, who has served as the seventh defenseman for each of the last two seasons, could finally break through to earn a full time spot in the active lineup. Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan, who both spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the AHL Barracuda, were signed to two-year contract extensions late last week and could be ready to break through.

By selecting Schlemko, Vegas is passing on other available Sharks like Dillon, Paul Martin, Joel Ward and Mikkel Boedker.

Instant Replay: Sharks outlasted by Oilers, must win final two games

Instant Replay: Sharks outlasted by Oilers, must win final two games

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EDMONTON – The Oilers erased a two-goal deficit in regulation and David Desharnais scored in overtime as Edmonton downed the Sharks in Game 5 of their first round playoff series at Rogers Place, 4-3.
 
The Oilers can advance to the second round on Saturday in San Jose, while the Sharks will attempt to force a decisive Game 7 back in Edmonton.
 
At 18:15 of overtime, Desharnais cut towards the net and directed in a saucer pass from Leon Draisaitl.
 
Prior to the overtime goal, Martin Jones made a number of remarkable saves to keep it tied. He stopped Draisaitl alone in the slot, closing his five hole, and dove back with his stick to deny Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was trying to poke in his own rebound. Later, he stretched from his right to his left in denying Connor McDavid with a left pad on a two-on-one.
 
Edmonton outshot the Sharks 14-2 in overtime, and 48-30 for the game.
 
The Sharks held a 2-1 edge after the first period, and increased that lead in the second. Just two seconds after Patrick Maroon stepped out of the penalty box, a place he’s become familiar with in the series, David Schlemko’s point shot fluttered into the top corner with Tomas Hertl setting a screen at 8:38.
 
It was the second straight game that the defenseman scored a goal, after the Edmonton native’s miscue led to the only goal in Game 3.
 
The Oilers got one back late in the frame. On a power play, Draisaitl directed a pass through traffic to a cutting Mark Letestu, who had an empty net to flip it home to make it a 3-2 game with 1:27 left in the second period.
 
Shots were hard to come by in the third period, as the Sharks attempted to play back in an attempt to run out the clock. Edmonton tied it with 2:46 to go, though, when Desharnais teed up Oscar Klefbom for a heavy one-timer from the top of the circle that cleanly beat Martin to the far side.
 
As expected, Edmonton came out with the early energy. Milan Lucic threw a couple of big hits, including on Logan Couture in first minute, and later Maroon flattened Brent Burns in the corner.
 
The Oilers also got the game’s first goal, courtesy of Maroon, who buried a Matt Benning rebound on Jones at 5:28.
 
After the Oilers hit three posts, including two by Darnell Nurse and another by Jordan Eberle, San Jose took control of the first. Mikkel Boedker, who was a healthy scratch in games three and four, buried a Chris Tierney pass on a two-on-one rush at 10:12 to tie the score.
 
Another Sharks odd man rush, thanks in part to a bad line change by Edmonton, resulted in a Patrick Marleau goal at 15:52. Joe Thornton wound up and fired a slap shot that Marleau slammed home after Cam Talbot couldn’t keep the Thornton blast from sneaking behind him.
 
The Sharks are 22-22 all-time in overtime in the playoffs, including 1-1 this series.
 
The Sharks fell to 16-17 all-time in Game 5s, including 6-12 on the road. San Jose is just 1-10 all-time when trailing in a series, three games to two.
 
According to Elias, the winner of Game 5 in a best-of-seven series that was tied at two games apiece goes on to win the series 78.1 percent of the time (193-54). 
 
Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of the Sharks and Oilers head coach Todd McLellan parting ways after seven seasons.
 
Special teams 
 
Officially the Sharks finished 0-for-1 on the power play, although Schlemko’s marker was essentially still a five-on-four. San Jose is 5-for-23 in the series, with four of those goals coming in Game 4.
 
Edmonton is now 2-for-15 in the series, going 1-for-3 in Game 5.
 
In goal
 
Jones, who has played every minute of the series, fell to 16-13 in overtime with 44 saves.
 
Talbot, who was pulled in Game 4 after allowing five goals, made 27 saves.
 
Lineup
 
To make way for Boedker, Joonas Donskoi was a healthy scratch for the first time. Donskoi, who had 12 points in 24 playoff games last season, has one assist and a minus-3 rating in four games this year.
 
Draisaitl played after he escaped suspension for spearing Tierney in Game 4.
 
Up next
 
The Sharks and Oilers go back to San Jose for Game 6 on Saturday (7:30 p.m.), while Game 7, if necessary, would be at Rogers Place on Monday, April 24.
 
The Anaheim Ducks, who swept the Calgary Flames in the first round, await the winner in the second round.

Schlemko close to return, but DeMelo filling in well for Sharks

Schlemko close to return, but DeMelo filling in well for Sharks

SAN JOSE – Injured Sharks defenseman David Schlemko practiced with the team on Wednesday for the first time since hurting his right knee on March 2 against Vancouver.

He hopes to be available to play in time for Saturday’s game against Anaheim, as the Sharks wrap up their six-game homestand. The 29-year-old said he has to “get my legs under me a little bit” before he can get back into a game.

“Probably not [Thursday against St. Louis], but realistically Saturday,” he said. “That’s what I’m kind of shooting for. Obviously it’s not completely up to me, but that’s what I’m shooting for.”

Schlemko’s injury wasn’t originally supposed to keep him out this long, as he went on the team’s two-game road trip immediately after it happened. Still, there was no structural damage to the knee, according to the defenseman.

“Just kind of got my knee buckled into the boards there,” he said. “Just one of those things, takes some time to heal. A little longer than we thought and hoped. … Feel fortunate, at the same time, that it wasn’t more serious. Just excited to get back.”

In 51 games this season, his first in San Jose, Schlemko has 15 points (2g, 13a) while battling through three separate minor injuries.

Whether Schlemko would play against the Ducks even if he were healthy would be up to coach Pete DeBoer, of course. Dylan DeMelo has been paired with Brenden Dillon on the third pair in Schlemko’s spot for the past six games, and has points in the last two.

DeMelo registered an assist on Joe Pavelski’s third period goal against the Sabres on Tuesday in the Sharks’ 4-1 win.

“Just happy to be in the lineup and just trying to contribute as much as I can to the team,” DeMelo said after the game. “I'm not really known for getting points, but I've been able to get a couple points the last couple of games. 

“Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'm here for. It's been a lot of fun. It's definitely a lot better playing than sitting out for seven weeks. I'm just happy to be back in the lineup and [helping] the team win."

Melker Karlsson skated on his own on Wednesday, but is less likely to play before the end of the homestand, according to DeBoer. Karlsson has missed the last two games with a lower body injury.

“Nothing major has come up, no change, but…I would say doubtful for Saturday,” DeBoer said.

Karlsson has 19 points (9g, 10a) in 60 games.