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Game Preview/Lines #52: Boughner Gives Gabriel, Blichfeld Updates

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Everybody on the San Jose Sharks’ current 23-man roster has played a game in the last month. Everybody, that is, except Kurtis Gabriel.

Gabriel’s last appearance was on Mar. 27 against Arizona, when he was tossed from the game for a late hit on Johan Larsson. Since then, Gabriel has toiled either as a 23-man roster extra or on the taxi squad. As far as we know, he hasn’t been hurt either.

The biggest news that he’s made in the last month, apart from his social activism, was being on the Trade Deadline block.

The 6-foot-4 winger stayed in San Jose, but he’s also stayed on the bench.

Will we see Gabriel on the ice again this season?

“Not sure if he’s gonna draw in by the end of the season,” Bob Boughner acknowledged. “Gabes, I thought did a really good job for us. I’m a big fan. I like him a lot.

“But there’s a situation where certain guys are getting looks. We know what we have in Gabes. We know what he’s gonna give us every night.”

The 27-year-old will be a UFA – have we seen his last game in teal?

Also, Boughner revealed that Joachim Blichfeld is in concussion protocol:

The San Jose Sharks certainly want to get more of a look on Blichfeld, so hopefully, he can suit up soon.

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Very unfortunate about Blichfeld. Also, I have to think (hope?) that Chemelvski is going to get another chance before the end of the season, though time is running out. Even in just the short clips I saw of him during the past two telecasts, he seemed to stand out every shift, and he’s been producing (and fighting!) lately. I think he could definitely have a positive impact if he starts out on the wing at the NHL level and can maybe transition back to center down the road. He also looks bigger to my eye now than I remember of… Read more »

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