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Sharks recall Hamilton, place Thornton on injured reserve

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23-year-old forward has been called up from the AHL.

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With Joe Thornton likely to miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury tomorrow in Winnipeg, the Sharks have recalled forward Freddie Hamilton from Worcester. Thornton has also been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to December 31st, in order to clear the requisite roster spot. Given the seven-day minimum for which a player must be on IR, that makes Thornton eligible to return to the Sharks lineup for Thursday's game in St. Louis.'

Hamilton, who was surpassed by the likes of Chris Tierney, Barclay Goodrow, Melker Karlsson and Tye McGinn on the Sharks' depth chart following a lackluster training camp, has six goals and 21 points in 32 AHL games this season. He appeared in 11 games with the big club last season, registering 13 shots on goal and zero points. With John Scott eligible to play tomorrow after serving his four-game suspension, it's unclear whether Hamilton will draw into the lineup when the Sharks face the Jets.