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4/27 Practice Report: Nieto & Labanc Back, Leonard to Top-6?

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The San Jose Sharks forward lines were a jumble today. Will we see anything like this tomorrow night?

Barabanov-Hertl-Kane
Balcers-Couture-Leonard
Labanc-True-Gregor
Meier-Marleau-Blichfeld-Donato
Viel-Gabriel-Nieto-Sorensen (extra)

Ferraro-Burns
Knyzhov-Karlsson
Vlasic-Pateryn
Pasichnuk-Jaros

Is that John Leonard in the top-six? Kevin Labanc, back from injury, in the bottom-six? Timo Meier on a third or fourth line?

Among the San Jose Sharks forwards not on the ice for practice this morning: Dylan Gambrell and the recently called-up Ivan Chekhovich.

San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said that Gambrell blocked a shot late last night, explaining his absence. He also cautioned against reading too much into today’s lines — it sounds like there are a lot of question marks. Joachim Blichfeld also left practice early after taking a puck to the face. He did confirm, however, that Josef Korenar is getting the start tomorrow night.

In regards to Labanc and Donato, my guess is Labanc is probably ahead of Donato: Labanc was a full participant in practice, while Donato jumped on late.

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timorous me

Great to see Barabanov last night–he looked like a player who, though tentative at times, knows how to play, where to be out there, and that’s despite little time in this system. Not that much of a surprise considering his level of professional experience, but a little bit because of his lack of impact in Toronto.

I’d be excited to see True get another chance, too. He caught my eye at times in his first stint with the big club this year and to me seems like someone who could fit that 4C role quite well in the future.

Gary To

Great to see Korenar is starting again !

Pat Nye

Excited to see True in the line up. I hope he get’s the start. I think the sharks could use another big body

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