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The San Jose Sharks made a few minor moves this week, signing one player and loaning another. Here’s the weekly recap:
SHARKS SIGN KURTIS GABRIEL
On Monday, the San Jose Sharks signed 27-year-old winger Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year deal worth $700,000. Gabriel has played 38 career NHL games, split between the Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils.
WIESBLATT HEADING TO THE AJHL
Sharks 2020 first-round pick Ozzy Wiesblatt has been loaned to the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits. Wiesblatt is expected to return to the Prince Albert Raiders, once the WHL season begins.
LEAN BERGMANN LOANED
Forward Lean Bergmann was loaned by the Sharks to Adler Mannheim in the DEL this week. Bergmann is likely to return to North America, once the NHL and AHL seasons begin.
As for this week’s poll questions, here are the results and my thoughts on how they turned out:
QUESTION: What do you think Kurtis Gabriel's role will be with the Sharks?
Plays in AHL: 64%
In and out of lineup: 31%
Full-time member of the bottom-six: 6%
I’m also thinking that Gabriel is likely to play in the AHL. It’s possible he could be a spare who gets into the lineup here and there but it’s more likely that roster spot will be given to a younger forward.
QUESTION: When will Ozzy Wiesblatt make the jump to the NHL?
2023-24 or later: 15%
I’m actually going against the majority here and saying there’s a good chance it’ll be 2023-24. Wiesblatt is likely to spend the next two seasons back in junior and should potentially get a year in the AHL before joining the Sharks, which would bring us to the 2023-24 season.
QUESTION: Do you think Lean Bergmann will earn a permanent role with the Sharks at some point?
Bergmann is one of many prospects who got a chance with the Sharks last season but isn’t really all that much closer to earning a permanent roster spot. There’s a chance he does make the NHL at some point but it certainly could go either way.
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OTHER SHARKS ARTICLES FROM NOVEMBER
Weekly Recap: Sharks Edition (November 1)
Sharks sign Kurtis Gabriel
Ozzy Wiesblatt will start the season in the AJHL
Sharks loan Lean Bergmann