The Sharks made the move we expected to see before the team’s east coast road trip. San Jose called Ryan Carpenter up to the Sharks while sending Timo Meier down to the Barracuda.
It’s an obvious move given that Meier won’t be healthy enough to play on this road trip and will almost certainly play a few games with the Barracuda before making his NHL debut. Calling up Carpenter makes sense, too. He led the ‘Cuda in scoring last year and looked just fine in training camp action.
How much will he play on this trip? Tough to say. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him draw in over Tommy Wingels, perhaps in one half of the Sharks’ back-to-back in New York, nor would it floor me to see him in the press box for the whole trip.
Meier will continue to recover from mono in San Jose. The team didn’t give any update on his health or progress in the press release, which you can find below.
The 25-year-old Carpenter posted 18 goals, 37 assists and a plus-20 rating in 66 games last year for the Barracuda. He finished the season as team-leader in points and won the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for community service. He made his NHL debut on December 11, 2015 against the Minnesota Wild.
The six-foot-one, 180-pound native of Oviedo, Florida, Carpenter was originally signed as a free agent on March 26, 2014.
In 52 games between Halifax and Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL last season, Meier registered 34 goals, 53 assists and 46 PIM's. He represented Switzerland at the 2016 World Jr. Championships, captained the team, and collected two goals and three assists in six games.
The six-foot, 210-pound native of Herisau, Switzerland, was the Sharks first-round selection (ninth overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.