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Sharks assign 12 to Barracuda, have final(ish) roster

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The San Jose Sharks trimmed their roster by 12 players today and now have 24 on their NHL roster.

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The San Jose Sharks have cut their professional roster down to 24 players, the team announced today.

Most of the cuts aren’t a surprise, but one roster regular from the 2016-17 season, Marcus Sorensen, is among those returning to the AHL at the moment.

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Marcus Sorensen was sent back to The A, somewhat surprisingly.
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Danny O’Regan, a popular candidate for one of the extra skater slots, will also return to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

The final(ish) roster is here. The team currently has 7 defensemen and 15 forwards, so one more player will have to be sent down before opening night. Currently listed among those 15 forwards are Rourke Chartier, Ryan Carpenter, and Barclay Goodrow. Chartier is perhaps the big surprise here. He had a solid season with the ‘Cuda last year but hadn't really been pegged for a roster spot during camp. With Carpenter and Goodrow no longer waivers-exempt, if no other move is in place, Chartier will likely be the final cut (Update: Mercury News reported that Chartier is recovering from a concussion and may be put on Injured Reserve).

The defense corps includes Tim Heed and Dylan DeMelo. All signs point to DeMelo being the opening night partner for Brenden Dillon, but between Pete DeBoer and Doug Wilson, things are always subject to change.