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Top 25 San Jose Sharks Under 25: No. 8 Barclay Goodrow

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The Sharks’ best-named prospect looks to get back to the big club this season.

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Barclay Goodrow spent much of last season where he ideally should have spent his first season: in the AHL. Goodrow was overmatched in his first professional season in 2014-15, when he played 60 games with the big club. He did score 12 points, but posted negative possession numbers relative to the team.

Goodrow was up-and-down with the Sharks in the early part of the season due to injuries, but established himself as one of the Barracuda’s best players. Scoring 39 points in 57 games, all but 5 at even strength, and was San Jose’s lone representative in Syracuse at the AHL all-star game.

Given his success in the AHL last season, Goodrow figures to be in the mix for one of San Jose’s last forward spots, especially if Tommy Wingels is traded. Goodrow doesn’t need to score at the same level he did with the Barracuda to make it with the big club, but he’ll need to find greater consistency than he’s previously had with the Sharks. His possession numbers last season in an admittedly small sample size of 14 games were worse than his first season, and he must improve his play at even strength to remain in the NHL.

Just 23, he still has some time to figure it out. With a one-year deal expiring at the end of the 2016-17 season, Goodrow can make good in a big way if he proves to be a consistent NHLer.

Name: Barclay Goodrow

Age (as of 10/12/16): 23

Position: RW

2015-16 Team: San Jose Barracuda/San Jose Sharks

Where he’ll (probably) be next year: San Jose Barracuda/San Jose Sharks

What we like: Size, even strength scoring ability.

What to improve on: Translating his AHL success to a higher level of play.

Highlight:

Barclay Goodrow’s November goal against San Diego prompted one of the great minor league hockey traditions: the Teddy Bear toss. His goal is a coach’s dream: he gets open for an outlet pass out of his own end, draws two defenders and makes a smart pass, and then crashes the net for the rebound.