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Sharks in Desperate Need of Offense, Recall Gushchin



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The San Jose Sharks are in desperate need of offense. They’ve scored 18 goals in 15 games, dead last in the NHL by a relative mile.

Case in point, the Washington Capitals, the second-worst offense in the league, have averaged 2.31 Goals Per Game. The Sharks are averaging 1.2 Goals Per Game.

So the second-worst offense in the NHL is still producing at almost double San Jose’s rate.

In response, the San Jose Sharks have recalled Danil Gushchin. In a corresponding move, they’ve placed Oskar Lindblom on IR.

The 2020 third-round pick leads the Barracuda with 13 points in 11 games. He’s got four goals and nine assists.

He’s an offensively-minded winger who showed some big-league promise last season, scoring both his first goal and assist in his two-game NHL debut.

The ‘Gush’ Is Loose: How Gushchin Improved Throughout Season

Don’t expect Gushchin to solve all of the San Jose Sharks’ offensive woes: The 5-foot-8 winger has plenty to iron out in his own game.

Where Can Gushchin Get Better? (+)

But there’s no doubt that he’s skilled and creative, two particular areas of need for the 2-11-1 Sharks.

Gushchin could also fill the void of Anthony Duclair, who’s missed the last two games with illness. The San Jose Sharks take on the Florida Panthers at SAP Center tomorrow.


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