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Scouts Talk Bordeleau, Cicek

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Sheng Peng: The San Jose Sharks added two big pieces to their future this week.

Thomas Bordeleau just finished his sophomore season at Michigan, he was a 2020 second-round pick, and he’s coming to San Jose.

He’s set to make his pro debut for the Barracuda tomorrow, according to a source.

Bordeleau is a 5-foot-9 center. Speaking to an amateur scout from another NHL organization, he thinks Bordeleau’s ceiling is a very good third-line center – think Philip Danault at best – who can help on the power play and be elite on faceoffs.

The scout says Bordeleau’s talent, his skill, skating, and hockey IQ are pro-ready. But he has to raise his compete, which wasn’t as high this past season in college.

He thinks the pro game is the right place for Bordeleau to be challenged and grow.

Not as celebrated but also important is the San Jose Sharks signing defenseman Nick Cicek to an entry-level contract.

Lizz Child of San Jose Hockey Now broke the news about the signing last week.

The undrafted Cicek has played with the Barracuda on an AHL contract all season but has clearly shown his NHL potential to the San Jose Sharks.

Both Bob Boughner and Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer have raved about Cicek’s leadership and energy, Sommer comparing him to Mario Ferraro.

Pro scouts from other NHL organizations like Cicek too. They like his size, he’s 6-foot-3, and his all-around ability.

He’s smart, skates well for his size, and can move the puck.

He’s seen right now at a future NHL bottom-pairing defenseman, but considering he’s just 21, there’s a lot of room to grow here.

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