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Chris Peters on Why Gushchin, Gaudreau Missed WJCs + How to Replace Labanc?



Why weren’t San Jose Sharks prospects Danil Gushchin and Ben Gaudreau selected for the World Junior Championships?

Prospects guru Chris Peters joins Nick Flohr and I to answer the question (1:17:05). Peters also shares his opinion about the San Jose Sharks’ decision to send William Eklund back to Sweden and talks about some under-the-radar Sharks prospects.

Before that, I talk about my interaction with Evander Kane after Kane’s AHL debut (3:10).

Kane Makes AHL Debut, Says He’s “NHL-Ready”

Then we hit the big San Jose Sharks news: How are they going to replace Kevin Labanc in the line-up (9:30)?

Labanc to Have Shoulder Surgery, Will Miss About 3 Months

It won’t be with Rudolfs Balcers, for now. Courtesy of ace Latvian reporter Ulvis Brože, I provide more insight into Balcers’s injury (14:26). What’s the exact injury and why is Balcers familiar with it?

Then, I shared particulars of my exclusive chat with straight-shooter San Jose Barracuda coach Roy Sommer about possible Barracuda contenders to replace Labanc in the line-up. We run the gamut, discussing:

What’s Jayden Halbgewachs particularly good at (20:20)?

Where’s Scott Reedy’s game at after getting demoted from the Sharks (33:10)?

Is Nick Merkley a contender to return back to the NHL (35:40)?

There’s something wrong with John Leonard (38:49).

What is Joachim Blichfeld’s game still missing (44:10)?

Has Sasha Chmelevski recovered from a slow start (51:32)?

What’s impressed Roy about Adam Raska (58:09)?

Is Jeffrey Viel fully recovered from his finger injury (1:02:40)?

Finally, Nick and I dive into Tomas Hertl’s recent tear in the SPORTLOGiQ Stat of the Week (1:08:30).

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