Danny O’Regan made a triumphant return from injury on Wednesday night, scoring twice as the San Jose Barracuda stomped on the Stockton Heat 5-0. The Barracuda couldn’t get O’Regan back a moment too soon as the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate had lost a pair of games and was clearly struggling to absorb losing its top forwards to call up.
His return, along with that of defender Tim Heed, will be a welcome one to the ‘Cuda. San Jose remains just behind the Ontario Reign in second place in the Pacific. O’Regan is up to 1.13 points per game in the AHL (13+23), the highest of any forward still with the Barracuda.
That pace perfectly matches his final season with Boston University where he scored 17 goals and 27 assists in 39 games. The Sharks drafted O’Regan in the fifth round of the 2012 draft and while his NHL debut left something to be desired, he may get another look this season if San Jose continues to run into injury trouble. If not, he’ll have a job to fight for next year.
Other players worth noting...
Bryan Moore scored a goal and notched an assist in his second game with the Barracuda after San Jose recalled him from the Allen Americans of the ECHL. He scored 26 points in 25 games with Allen. Moore played in the Anaheim Ducks system last year.
Marcus Sorensen picked up a pair of assists to bring his season total to 10. He has 22 points and a point per game pace of 0.63. Sorensen remains a player to watch for despite being one of the older players in San Jose’s prospec pool.
Rourke Chartier scored a goal and assisted on another to bring his season point total to 20 (0.59 points per game)
Tim Heed returned to the Barracuda and did what he always does: scored. Another goal and another assist for the defender brings his totals to 10 goals and 24 assists (1.10 points per game).
San Jose heads on a long road trip now with stops in Grand Rapids and Milwaukee beginning on Friday.