For the third straight offseason, the Sharks held their annual Prospects scrimmage as Team Ricci defeated Team Marchment 5-2.. It was the second year in a row the scrimmage was held at SAP Center, and was well attended again.
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- Team Ricci scored early and often. Nikita Jevpalovs got the first goal 25 seconds in after Nikolay Goldobin set up the opportunity with great stickhandling and speed to enter the zone.
- Jevpalovs showed off some fancy skills throughout the night; pulling off a spin-o-ramo to get by a defender, and shooting a puck through his legs at the side of the net for an attempt that hit the side of the cage.
- Dylan Sadowy's showed off some skills as a good scorer. He was rewarded with the second goal of the game as his stick was breaking. Goaltender Liam Herbst probably should have had that one. Sadowy also nearly had a snipe later in the game, but his shot hit the corner of the post and crossbar.
- Nikolay Goldobin looked like the best offensive prospect there. He had very good speed and his vision and passing was on the mark. He also scored on a penalty shot for the third goal to put Team Ricci up 3-0. I would not be surprised if he makes the NHL roster this year out of camp. He'll be a mid-season call-up at least.
- Ryan Carpenter's game was very impressive to me. His defensive awareness and play recognition looked very strong. He also combined for a good chance or two with linemates Rudolf Balcers and Jeremy Langlois.
- Timo Meier started a bit slow but got better as the game went on. He had a pretty nice hit or two and showed some good footspeed, culminating in a good chance late in the second half. Still looks a bit raw though. Doesn't appear to be an option for this year's team, but the 2016-17 year is still a possibility.
- Unsigned former second round pick Gabryel Boudreau had a nice assist on Team Marchment's first goal of the scrimmage. He was pinned along the wall, but was able to feed a wide open Jeremy Langlois in the slot.
- Barclay Goodrow was used mostly in a defensive/checking role in the game, playing with Noah Rod and Alex Schoenborn. But Goodrow did show off some offense with a nice breakaway goal that he snuck through the five-hole of Jake Kupsky to extend Team Ricci's lead to 4-1.
- Joonas Donskoi combined with Chris Tierney for Team Marchment's second goal. Donskoi showed off some great dangling throughout the game, but did have a pretty bad turnover early in the scrimmage.
- Even though Team Ricci had a 4-2 lead after the two 25 minute halves, the squads played 5 minutes of a 3-on-3 period to show off the NHL's new overtime format. Both sides decided to run 2 forwards and a defenseman for the OT period.
- Chris Tierney skills translate so well to 3-on-3. Between his speed, balance and passing, the puck was untouchable for the defense when he was out there.
- Alex Schoenborn had an empty netter in the (non-sudden death) OT period to make it 5-2 for Team Ricci.
While it wasn't quite up to the standards of an NHL game, it was still great to see a little bit of hockey in the middle of summer. Is it October yet?