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Sheng Peng: This is Sasha Chmelevski’s time to shine. He’s been promoted onto the second line with Logan Couture, he’s in the last year of his entry-level contract, he’s going to be an RFA.
These next 15 or so games, he has to prove to the San Jose Sharks that he deserves that next contract.
Bob Boughner has been impressed with his game since his call-up for the Calgary win. Bob said that Chmelevski thinks the game very well and has the best two-way mind for the game of all the younger San Jose Sharks players up here right now.
His skating will always be a question mark, but if you can play fast, execute fast, like Sasha’s been doing, you’ve got a chance. The puck moves faster than the feet, after all.
The San Jose Sharks are also getting some good health news.
Mario Ferraro had surgery for a fracture in his lower left fibula on Feb. 27.
He was supposed to be out six to eight weeks, but earlier this week, just four weeks after surgery, he was practicing.
Bob Boughner said they had to close the coaches’ door, the locker room was so loud because of Mario in his first day back.
However, Bob wants Mario to go through some hard practices, he had a leg injury, so he hasn’t been able to skate and keep up his conditioning. So I’m not sure if he’ll beat six weeks, but it looks like Ferraro will definitely be on the shorter side of six to eight weeks.
Kevin Labanc saw a specialist today for his shoulder. He’s been out for over three months with shoulder surgery, but if he gets the all-clear as expected, he’s back soon, maybe as soon as this Saturday against Dallas.
Jonathan Dahlen is on this road trip and he’s close too.
There was some thought that he would play today versus Colorado, but he didn’t. Instead, Matt Nieto is back.
But between Labanc and Dahlen, the San Jose Sharks could boast a pretty full forward group again this Saturday.
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