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Sharks recall Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc

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Expect both to play against the Blackhawks

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The Sharks recalled Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc today, assuaging any concerns the two may be left in the American Hockey League to gain more experience before coming back to the NHL club. Meier has four points in 18 games but has been excellent off the puck while Labanc’s 14 points in 37 contests speak for themselves.

Both will likely play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in the Sharks’ first game back after the All-Star break. Meier and Labanc played a game with the Barracuda during the break and were productive. They’ve shown they have little to prove at the AHL level and I’m of the mind they’re better off learning at the NHL level if there are spots available.

Meier has bounced around the bottom six in recent games while Labanc has played on the second and third lines. He’s shown good chemistry with Logan Couture and may find a home on the second line if that production continues.