Despite an injury to Marc-Edouard Vlasic (hopefully that’s only short term), Tim Heed finds himself a fair distance from cracking the San Jose Sharks roster. That says more about the Sharks’ defensive depth than it doesn about Heed’s prospects as an NHL defender.
Heed sits atop the San Jose Barracuda with 1.12 points per game (nine goals and 20 assists) and is fifth in the AHL with 29 points among defenders. The Sharks picked him up as a free agent signing and so far look like geniuses for doing so. Anaheim drafted him in the fifth round in 2010 but the 25 year old looks to have turned a corner since joining San Jose’s organization.
This is Heed’s first season in North America after playing his entire career in Sweden and he’s making the most of it thus far. While Heed is on the older end of the spectrum, it’s not exactly like playing as a 20 year old in a junior league; Heed is playing against other adults in the AHL, just like he would in the NHL.
He’s still not all that close to getting an NHL call up based on skill alone; he’ll need another injury to a San Jose regular to get him there, but Heed has certainly proven himself at the AHL level. Now he just needs an opening to prove himself at the top of the ranks.
San Jose Barracuda 4, Bakersfield Condors 1
SAN JOSE — After an embarrassing loss to the Condors last night, the Barracuda bounced back to trounce the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. Tim Heed picked up two assists while Daniel O’Regan added yet another goal.
Marcus Sorensen, Joakim Ryan and Ryan Carpenter each scored while Carpenter also added an assist. Troy Grosenick made 34 saves on 35 shots on goal from the Condors.
The Barracuda, now 15-7-1-3, are just two wins behind the Ontario Reign and are in second place in the Pacific. They’re sitting at a .654 points percentage while the Kings affiliate holds onto a .696. San Jose’s next game is at home against the San Antonio Rampage on Nov. 4.