SAN JOSE — One winger returned fully to Sharks training camp on Wednesday, but another continued to miss time.
Joonas Donskoi practiced fully, while Timo Meier missed his fourth straight day of practice. Head coach Pete DeBoer originally expected Meier to miss just one day.
“It’s something that’s kind of lingered. No one anticipated it would be this long,” DeBoer said. “He’s trying to make the team. The good news is we still have time here. He’s still going to get some games in. He was feeling better today.”
DeBoer added that it’s better that Meier is missing these earlier practices as opposed to those that will come later in camp in his effort to make the Sharks’ opening roster.
“If he’s back skating tomorrow and he ends up playing some games here, I’m not worried about [Meier missing time],” DeBoer said. “If we get to the middle-to-the-end of next week and he’s still not participating, then you might start thinking about those things.”
Roy’s return to junior is “the perfect spot for him”
The Sharks announced on Wednesday that they sent top defensive prospect Jeremy Roy back to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL. DeBoer said that it’s “the perfect spot” for Roy.
“He’s got a chance to be a really good player there. Hopefully [he’ll] play in a World Junior Championship,” DeBoer said. “That’s the next step for him.”
DeBoer said the coaching staff spoke with Roy yesterday, and told him what they wanted him to work on this season, including adding strength.
Roy was ranked the 79th best prospect in the NHL [$] by ESPN Insider NHL writer Corey Pronman. Pronman wrote in August that Roy “should be a top defender in the CHL this season and is a near lock for Canada’s WJC team.”
Barclay Goodrow “knocking on the door”
Barclay Goodrow scored a goal in last night’s preseason opener, and has caught the eye of Pete DeBoer so far in training camp.
“It’s a good name because we should be talking about him, too like we’re talking about Labanc and these guys. He’s knocking on the door,” DeBoer said.
Goodrow was an AHL all-star last season, scoring 39 points in 57 games with the San Jose Barracuda. He was relied upon offensively in a top six role with the Barracuda, but DeBoer said his path to the NHL would be in a bottom six role to start.
“I like that he’s one of the guys in our system that has some special things. He’s a big-body guy, he can kill penalties, so there’s a lot to like about [him] too,” DeBoer said.
Goodrow didn’t spend a lot of time on the penalty kill when he played 60 games for the Sharks in 2014-15. But when he did, he was very effective. Among Sharks players that played at least 30 shorthanded minutes that season, Goodrow’s shots allowed rate (SA/60 minutes) was the lowest on the team, according to Corsica Hockey. Last year, the Sharks ranked 19th in that category, and 21st in penalty kill percentage.