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Sheng’s Daily: Vita Hästen GM Tony Zabel on Getting Marcus Sorensen from Sharks



Marcus Sorensen, San Jose Sharks
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A lot of Kevin Labanc talk yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now!

First, on the Locked On Sharks podcast, we talked about how the San Jose Sharks perceive Labanc:

Is Kevin Labanc More Than a Support Player?

Then, I continued the conversation here:

How Much Do Sharks Value Kevin Labanc?

Also, I spoke with 2018 sixth-round pick Zachary Emond about why he returned for his QMJHL overage season, what he learned from new San Jose Sharks goaltending development coach Dany Sabourin in Rouyn-Noranda, what Evgeni Nabokov wants him to improve, and the sport he almost chose to play over hockey:

Emond on Returning to QMJHL, What Nabokov Wants Him to Improve

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The NHL released the final order of the 2020 NHL Draft yesterday: The San Jose Sharks will pick 31st (from Tampa Bay), 34th, 56th (from Colorado via Washington), 126th (from Ottawa), 127th, 201st (from Pittsburgh), 210th (from Washington). That’s one first-round pick, two second-round picks, two fifth-round picks, and two seventh-round picks.

The Sharks have kicked the tires on UFA Bobby Ryan. (Kevin Kurz)

A scout shared his thoughts about Ryan here:

A Scout’s Argument for Bobby Ryan

Marcus Sorensen will be joining Allsvenskan’s HC Vita Hästen. (Vita Hästen)

Vita Hästen GM/head coach Tony Zabel was kind enough to talk to us about his history with Sorensen:

“I coached Marcus for the Djurgårdens junior team when I was the junior head coach. Marcus was at that time what you would call an unfinished diamond.

“He was always a skilled player and competitive, a strong skater. But at that time, my job was to teach him how to play with his teammates.

“He also had to learn a lot about off-the-ice training.

“When I became a coach for the senior team, we took Marcus with us. He became a stronger and more valuable player and I would say he was one of the biggest reasons why Djurgårdens eventually qualified for the SHL.

“In the following years in Djurgårdens, he became one of our best players and the fans loved him.

“I think we had a relationship where he knew that I always wanted to push him to be better and he knew that I would reward him if he worked hard.

“I think that meant a lot to him during his junior years. Also, picking him back up after his junior years, when he played in Allsvenskan with Borås, getting him back to Djurgårdens. I think that helped him become a really good professional player in Sweden and eventually the NHL.”

Around the NHL…

Jimmy Murphy says the Kings are in on Torey Krug. (Boston Hockey Now)

Bill Zito talks trades, free agency, the Draft, and more. (Florida Hockey Now)

Lou Lamoriello says Islanders will “get all our players signed” — that includes superstar RFA Mat Barzal. (NYI Hockey Now)

Tom Callahan weighs in how much the Golden Knights need a 1A-1B set-up in net. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Avalanche is early favorite to win 2021 Stanley Cup. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Barclay Goodrow fires back at Damien Cox saying “let’s not compare bubble hockey with the real thing.” (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Speaking of bubble hockey, the NHL is considering hybrid bubbles for the 2020-21 season. (TSN)

The top-10 UFA centermen available. (Sportsnet)

Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun talk about what the Lightning cap crunch, RFA Jake Virtanen on the market, who’s looking into Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and is Petr Mrazek available? (TSN)

Kyle Turris might be bought out; Craig Smith and Mikael Granlund will becomes UFAs. (NHL)

It’s official: Henrik Lundqvist will be bought out. (Rick Carpiniello)

I talked with scouts about what Turris and Lundqvist have left in the tank and how they might fit the San Jose Sharks:

Scouts on How Potential Buyout UFAs Would Fit Sharks

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Sheng’s Daily: Has Mitchell Miller “done the work to earn a second chance”?



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At the moment, the San Jose Sharks have just three right-shooting forwards on their NHL roster.

Should they target more?

Sharks Don’t Need Right-Handed Forwards

From Sunday, another push for Nathaniel Mata’s RGV Roller:

The Locked on Sharks guys debate the Sharks’ next alternate captain, among other topics:

Who Will Be Sharks’ Next Alternate Captain?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Around the NHL…

Mitchell Miller “admitted to bullying [Isaiah Meyer-Crothers,] an African American classmate with developmental disabilities” but was still the Arizona Coyotes’ first pick of the 2020 NHL Draft. (Arizona Republic)

However, former NHL goalie Ben Scrivens doesn’t think Miller “had done the work to earn a second chance.” Highly recommend his thoughtful thread. (Ben Scrivens)

San Jose Sharks star Evander Kane echoed Akim Aliu’s thoughts on the matter:

James Mirtle breaks down how much all 31 teams have left to spend — the San Jose Sharks are actually sitting pretty compared to the rest of the league. (The Athletic)

Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss, most famous for being the Oilers locker room attendant during the Gretzky Era, has passed away. (Oilersnation)

Ex-San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney has agreed to a two-year, $7 million dollar deal with Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)

Eight RFAs who could be offer-sheeted this off-season. (Sportsnet)

Racism kept Herb Carnegie out of the NHL, but his grandson is fighting to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Sportsnet)

Fantastic work by Jack Han, on how Bryce Salvador thought his way to a 15-year NHL career. (The Hockey Tactics Newsletter)

What Will Mat Barzal’s Next Contract Look Like? | NYHN+

Trevor Daley Retires, Becomes Penguins Hockey Ops Advisor

Who Joins the Vegas Golden Knights in a Pandemic Division?

Book excerpt: Peter Forsberg, Mr. Cool

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Sheng’s Daily: McKeen’s Hockey Says Sharks Draft Full of “Considerable Ceilings”



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McAllen is one of the hottest places in Texas.

But that’s not stopping San Jose Sharks fan Nathaniel Mata and his non-profit RGV Roller from bringing hockey to this Texas border town:

Sharks Fan Spreading Hockey Gospel to Texas Border Town

Also, the National Hockey Now writers got together to predict where the best remaining UFAs are going. Where will Mike Hoffman, Anthony Duclair, Travis Hamonic, Sami Vatanen, Andreas Athanasiou, and Zdeno Chara land?

How about Athanasiou to the San Jose Sharks?

National Hockey Now’s Free Agent Predictions

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Ryan Wagman of McKeen’s Hockey gave San Jose’s draft a sterling review. He told SJHN: “I really liked their picks through Coe. Great upsides, reasonable floors. I would have targeted different players with their four seventh-rounders, but I get the picks. Nothing stupid.” Read more here!

Around the NHL…

Just before his arbitration hearing, the Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to one-year contract worth $5.2 million. (The Buffalo News)

What’s wrong with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? (The Hockey Tactics Newsletter)

The Case for the New York Islanders to Sign Anthony Duclair

Haggerty: Is a return to Sinden era good for the Boston Bruins?

Full Circle: Chase Priskie returns to Florida Panthers ‘Learn to Play’ — this time as a Panther

League Sources Believe Penguins Could Add More

Ash’s Film Room: 118th overall selection, Colby Ambrosio

This Date in Vegas Golden Knights History: Dansk Records First Win

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