Edit: The original version of this story incorrectly stated Tim Heed had to be placed on waivers to be sent back to the Barracuda. That is inaccurate, as explained in the embedded tweet below. The original story stands below.
This means it's an Emergency Recall, Heed would need to be up for 30 days or play 10 games to lose emergency status. https://t.co/bRwUoKeaEN— Ian Reid (@IReidPucknology) January 5, 2017
On the heels of the Colorado Avalanche claiming Matt Nieto on waivers, the San Jose Sharks called up Tim Heed on Thursday. I expect him to make his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. If he does, Heed will be the fifth San Jose player to make his NHL debut this season (Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Aaron Dell and Danny O’Regan being the others).
Heed will wear No. 72. He has lit up the scoresheet with the the San Jose Barracuda, scoring nine goals and bagging 21 assists in 27 games. That 1.11 points per game mark in his first season North America is tied for third among AHL defenders with at least 20 games played and leads the Barracuda.
His call up suggests Mirco Mueller’s time with the Sharks may be over as Heed is not waiver exempt, meaning the Sharks envision he’s here to stay. It may also mean that David Schlemko or Marc-Edouard Vlasic may be out long-term. There’s also the possibility a trade is in the works. There’s lots of intrigue going around today and we’ll be on top of it.