The San Jose Sharks announced the call up of forward Ryan Carpenter from the San Jose Barracuda this morning. The 24 year old forward led the Barracuda in assists (16) and points (18) in 20 games played. He also led the team with a +12 rating.
Carpenter played on the Worcester Sharks last season, where he had 12 goals and 22 assists in 74 games played. He also had 3 points in 4 playoff games with Worcester. The Sharks singed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014 after three seasons at Bowling Green University and two years with Sioux City in the USHL.
A Florida native, Carpenter is listed at 6-1, 180 pounds. He has played center and right wing in his time with the organization. In the offseason rookie scrimmage and the preseason rookie game, he was one of the most impressive players on the ice - especially defensively.
He was showing a lot of chemistry lately with Barclay Goodrow and Petter Emanuelsson. The line combined for 18 points in their last couple games, with Carpenter putting up a goal and five assists in those games.
It's good to see him finally get his shot after seeing other call-ups like Bryan Lerg, Micheal Haley, John McCarthy and Nikolay Goldobin struggle in their NHL time. Expect him to make his NHL debut tomorrow night on the Sharks fourth line. If you want to wish him luck, you can follow him on Twitter @carpydeuces.
In related roster news, Ben Smith has been assigned to the Barracuda for a conditioning stint. Defenseman Mirco Mueller was also reassigned. Meanwhile, Logan Couture underwent a procedure to fix a small arterial bleed in his right thigh.