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From Blichfeld to Weatherby, Sommer Reviews Sharks Prospects’ Seasons



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Roy Sommer has never seen anything like this San Jose Barracuda season.

That’s Roy Sommer, 24 years as the San Jose Sharks’ AHL head coach, Wayne Gretzky’s teammate in the early days of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty, almost 50 years at the highest levels of hockey.

“I’ve never been on anything like this before in my career,” Sommer said of the 15-game losing streak that ended this Barracuda season. “It was hard to go through. It wasn’t fun. That’s all I gotta say about it.”

Sommer not having a lot to say is also significant for the normally affable, win or lose, bench boss.

Luckily for us, Sommer had a lot more to say about the San Jose Sharks prospects under his watchful eye.

Why didn’t leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld get more of a look with the San Jose Sharks? What’s Sasha Chmelevski’s next step? How are Artemi Kniazev and Santeri Hatakka progressing?

Sommer gives us his insights about Blichfeld, Jayden Halbgewachs, Chmelevski, John Leonard, Kniazev, Nick Cicek, Jasper Weatherby, Adam Raska, Hatakka, Brinson Pasichnuk, Jake McGrew, Zach Gallant, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Timur Ibragimov’s seasons in this exclusive interview.

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