While it has been a long season thus far for the San Jose Sharks, fans have been able to remain optimistic thanks to the solid 2022-23 campaigns from some of their top prospects. At the top of that list is Thomas Bordeleau, who has been fantastic in his first full season as a pro with the San Jose Barracuda, with 17 goals and 25 points through 36 games.
Thanks to his great start this season, the recently-turned 21-year-old was named to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) All-Star Game. Bordeleau will be the lone member of the Barracuda participating at the event, which is set to take place in Laval, Quebec, making it somewhat of a homecoming for the talented forward.
Despite being born in Houston, Texas, Bordeleau grew up in Montreal, and spent his minor hockey career in the province of Quebec before joining USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program at the age of 16. Having the event be near old friends will certainly make it all the more exciting for him.
Speaking of excitement, San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn made it clear he is quite happy for Bordeleau, not only at being named to the All-Star Game, but for his overall development so far this season.
“That he is making progress,” Quinn said when asked what he’s heard from the Barracuda coaching staff in regards to Bordeleau’s overall game this season. “I’m not surprised he made the All-Star Game. This guy’s a talented player, he continues to improve, he’s coachable, he works hard, and he has made strides for sure. He’s getting closer and closer to his ultimate goal.
“As we’ve touched on, when we’ve talked about guys down there, it’s a process, and he’s going through it and doing a good job with it. Really happy for him to get named to the All-Star Game.”
Asked immediately afterward if Bordeleau would soon be given an opportunity to showcase his skillset with the San Jose Sharks, Quinn made it clear he didn’t want to discuss that with the media. That said, his initial comments on how his game has progressed in short time make it clear the organization is thrilled with what they have seen this season. Barring a major shocker, it seems as though it’s only a matter of time before he is given a shot with the big club. Until that happens, however, he will look to continue filling the back of the net for the Barracuda.
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