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Noesen to Return, Thornton to Toronto, Bergmann to Mannheim?

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Stefan Noesen was one of the few bright spots for the San Jose Sharks last year.

Plucked off the waiver wire, the pending UFA provided “Hakuna Matata”, a handful of goals, and a consistently good quote on way to becoming a fan favorite.

San Jose Hockey Now has learned from a source that the Sharks and Noesen indeed share a mutual interest to negotiate a new contract, confirming The Athletic’s report from earlier today. However, with this season far from over and free agency about two months away, a lot can change.

Thornton to Toronto?

Meanwhile, Elliotte Friedman is beating the Joe Thornton to Toronto drum once again.

From yesterday’s 31 Thoughts:

“It may depend on what happens with Spezza, because I don’t know if you can have both of them, but I think Joe Thornton will be on Toronto’s radar, too. Not the first time I’ve predicted it, but someday I might actually be right.”

If you recall, Friedman also wrote extensively about Thornton and the Maple Leafs after February’s Trade Deadline.

While it’s widely assumed that Thornton, after a sojourn in Switzerland, will return to the San Jose Sharks for his 23rd season next year, there are many reasons to connect the dots between the pending UFA and the Leafs.

First, Thornton was crest-fallen that he wasn’t moved at the Trade Deadline to a contender. While his love for the Sharks can’t be disputed, that left no doubt Jumbo wants a Stanley Cup.

So who’s closer to the Cup, the league’s 29th-best team or the young, talented Leafs? If Doug Wilson wants Thornton back, he might have to sell the future Hall of Famer on a quick turnaround.

Of course, Thornton could start next season in teal and re-evaluate near the Trade Deadline. But he might run into the same problem that contributed to him staying put at this year’s Deadline. From Friedman’s February column: “Thornton’s gifts — his intelligence and skill — are harder to translate at this time of year, but I do think there are teams who would be willing to make it work if he started the season with them.”

So what if Kyle Dubas made a hard pitch to Thornton on the first day of free agency this October? You would think that Jumbo would listen hard. That’s not even mentioning the fact that Thornton’s parents live just a couple hours away in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Now would Toronto want Thornton? This isn’t even the Jumbo from two years ago, who I argued was the best third-line center in the Western Conference.

I can tell you that a scout from a team still in the playoffs pushed hard for his GM to trade for Thornton at the Deadline but was shot down.

Said another scout: “I’d take him, but he’s close to done.”

All this is to say that there will surely be some lively discussions about Jumbo in front offices this summer. Whether that translates to Thornton leaving the Tank, we’ll see.

Bergmann to Adler Mannheim?

San Jose Hockey Now has confirmed rumors that San Jose Sharks prospect Lean Bergmann is skating with the Adler Mannheim Eagles.

The Eagles are Bergmann’s former DEL club.

The DEL season, however, isn’t scheduled to kick off until November 1st. With next season’s NHL training camp scheduled to begin in November, it’s hard to say if Bergmann will ever actually suit up for Adler Mannheim. The winger has yet to sign a contract with the Eagles; he has two years left in his entry-level deal with the Sharks.

If, however, the NHL 2020-21 season starts on time, and the AHL campaign does not, Adler Mannheim might prove to be a solid developmental back-up for Bergmann, if the 21-year-old forward fails to cement an NHL role.

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Jackson Edward

So many feels…!

david barnard

it should be decent cheap depth. he’s already 27 though, so hopefully it’s just a 1 yr deal.

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Rocky Thompson: “Leave analytics out of the locker room.”

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George Kingston was the San Jose Sharks’ first head coach. Fast forward to 2015: He was the President of the NHL Coaches Association when he sent a fateful e-mail.

“George Kingston always sent out an e-mail asking for people who would want to present at the NHL’s coaches conference at the NHL entry draft,” San Jose Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson told Oilersnation earlier this week. “I felt I needed to get my name out there, so I called him and said I’d like to present.”

Thompson’s career was at a crossroads when he took the stage at the 2015 NHL Coaches Association Global Coaches’ Clinic in Florida. He was a coach without a team — the Edmonton Oilers had just fired his head coach Dallas Eakins — and he didn’t know if incoming head coach Todd McLellan would keep him.

There were over 400 coaches in attendance: “He blew them away.”

Windsor Spitfires owner Bob Boughner was one of them: “What he said really hit home with me.”

The Spitfires hired Thompson as head coach and he led them to the 2017 Memorial Cup. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights followed up, selecting Thompson to be their first-ever AHL head coach, and he led the Chicago Wolves to the 2019 Calder Cup Finals.

Trevor Letowski on Rocky Thompson’s Analytical Bent

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Watching Rocky Thompson’s PP Breakouts with an NHL Coach

And now, the circle from Kingston to Boughner to San Jose is complete: Last month, the San Jose Sharks tapped Thompson to be part of the head coach’s staff. Thompson will be running the defense and the power play.

San Jose Hockey Now caught up with Thompson in a wide-ranging interview earlier this month.

Curious how the San Jose Sharks might maximize Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns’s talents? How Phil Jackson and the triangle offense will apply to the Sharks? As a coach, how to use analytics the right way?

Thompson, to say the least, loves nerding out about hockey.

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USNTDP coach Nick Fohr on Bordeleau’s Hockey IQ, Chmelevski’s Skating, Labanc’s Confidence

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Thomas Bordeleau

It’s Thomas Bordeleau Week here at San Jose Hockey Now!

Earlier this week, Kyle, Erik, and JD discussed some of the second-round pick’s scouting and statistical profiles:

Get to Know Thomas Bordeleau

Today, Sheng Peng joined the podcast, and we really got into detail on Bordeleau with his former USA Hockey National Team Development Program coach Nick Fohr.

Bordeleau isn’t the first San Jose Sharks prospect that Fohr has coached — the current USNTDP Associate Coach has worked with Kevin Labanc, Scott Reedy, and Sasha Chmelevski.

Nick Fohr Remembers Teenage Kevin Labanc: “Kevin was a scrawny little kid.”

Here’s a select transcription from this fun, informative interview — Fohr shares Bordeleau’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, discusses Chmelevski’s flawed-but- improving skating, and reveals what Labanc’s USNTDP teammates gave him a hard time about.

Nick Fohr, on Thomas Bordeleau’s greatest strength and weakness:

In Thomas’s case, he’s a very crafty, skilled forward that competes pretty hard. That was something he really improved on in the two years with us.

He really loves to rely on this skill.

He’s a cerebral player. He really takes in the game. He reads plays well up and down the ice sheet.

That being a strength of his, one of his weaknesses, he relies on his skill too much. That was something we talked with Thomas a lot: Although you are a skilled hockey player, you are not skilled enough to make it in the NHL on skill alone. You have to develop a little more bite, a little more aggressiveness. You gotta round your game out a little bit more defensively. Commit to those things and not rely on just being a skilled player. Those players don’t make it in the NHL anymore. They don’t. They used to. At least they don’t make it for a long, extended period of time.

Fohr, on Bordeleau’s hockey IQ:

If you ask a coach or a scout or a GM, what are your three most important things? People almost always throw hockey IQ at you.

For me, with Thomas, where you really see it, when you see the intelligence, when he gets the puck on his stick, his ability to manipulate the other team, manipulate the defender. For example, on the power play, when he has the puck on his tape, the way he postures the puck, the way he holds the puck on his stick, the way he postures his body, will tell one story to the defender, to get the defender to move. [That] opens up the play he really wants to make.

That’s a really, really, really hard skill. It takes a lot of hockey intelligence to do that, to understand the messages you’re sending to a defender. It’s a really elite trait of his.

Fohr, on Sasha Chmelevski’s skating:

The knock on him was always his skating. He kind of skated really wide. He didn’t recover his skating very well, so his feet were always really, really wide. So people were always worried about his skating, his ability to get around the rink.

I think he’s fixed that a little bit, as I’ve seen him over the years. But he’s similar to a Bordeleau type from his ability to make plays. They actually make pretty good comparables.

Fohr, on Kevin Labanc’s Twitter handle:

By the way, he’s got one of my favorite Twitter handles out there with @Str8ToTheBanc. He had that when he was here and I remember the guys gave him a hard time about it. But I loved it.

Fohr, on if Labanc’s USNTDP teammates were jealous that Labanc has such a cool last name:

(laughs) That was probably part of it. To have the cunning to him to be able to do that, right? Kevin never lacked the confidence to pull something off like that, that’s for sure.

Make sure to listen to the entire interview: It’s well worth your time if you’re interested in the draft process for USNTDP players (6:00), which San Jose Sharks scout concentrates on the USNTDP, what Bordeleau’s game looks like (10:00), and how his father (former NHL player Sebastien Bordeleau) helped shape his game (16:00). We also compare Labanc and Bordeleau (23:30) and get a Chmelevski update from Fohr (30:00).

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BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

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When free agency began on October 9th, the question was, “Who would the San Jose Sharks sign?”

After almost two weeks of relative inactivity — besides adding familiar faces Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto and losing franchise icon Joe Thornton — the question became, “What’s Doug Wilson doing?”

What’s Doug Wilson Doing with Sharks Forwards?

San Jose Hockey Now has good news for Sharks fans: Wilson is still active in free agency. So who’s he looking at — Conor Sheary, Erik Haula, or Mikael Granlund? We’ve got the scoop!

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