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Preview/Lines #55: Boughner Tells Reedy, Sharks Youngsters What He Wants from Them in Coming Months

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After scoring his first NHL goal Sunday night, Scott Reedy definitely has a few more eyes on him moving forward.

“Even though he didn’t play well last game, he still had two looks at the end of the game,” noted San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner, who made sure to mention that nobody played particularly well in Tuesday’s loss to Vegas. “He’s that guy the puck follows a little bit, and he’s got good vision.”

Friday morning, Boughner mentioned that he had individual meetings with all the younger Sharks where he explained the opportunity ahead of them over the next two months: “There’s going to be plenty of times where we can make corrections, and there will be mistakes made. It’s about finding that consistency to their games where it’s what are you doing when you have the puck?”

Speaking of consistency, that’s why Reedy was the first call when Jonathan Dahlen came to the rink unwell late afternoon Sunday.

“Preferably, I wanted a right shot. Someone who could help on some faceoffs and also a guy who would help us on the power play. If you look at [Reedy’s] play down there [in the AHL], I think he’s been their most consistent player,” Boughner pointed out. Reedy is the Barracuda’s leading goal scorer.

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On the other side, Boughner spoke about how Reedy can continue to develop while still with the parent club and how he believes he will: “I expect him to keep, as he learns the league a bit, getting better and better. There will be some mistakes along the way, but again, big guy, right shot. Could play center. Could play right wing. Could play on your power play. Those are things we like about him.”

Reedy has been with the San Jose Sharks for just under a week and says he already feels much more comfortable transitioning from the AHL.

“I’ve just settled in, just trying to make plays and play my game. There’s no sense of really overthinking it,” he said. “The systems are fairly similar, but having a couple of games under your belt helps you settle in and get back to playing your game and generate some more offense.”

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Boughner said with a laugh on Friday, when asked about Barracuda players getting more playing time: “We lead the league in games played by rookies. I don’t know how much more we can [play them], we’ve had a long look at a lot of guys this year from the Barracuda. I’m sure as we get down the stretch here, we’ll see where we’re at.”

We’ll see what the San Jose Sharks’ line-up is when Boughner speaks at about 3 PM:

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Here’s how the Predators looked as they took on the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night:

WHERE TO WATCH

Puck drop between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks is at 5 PM PT at SAP Center. Watch it live on NBC Sports California and Bally Sports South. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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