The San Jose Sharks begin their four-game Eastern road trip at 4 p.m. PT against the Buffalo Sabres in upstate New York with another rookie expected to make his debut. Marcus Sorensen, the 24-year-old winger, skated as the left wing on the fourth line with Micheal Haley and Melker Karlsson according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz. You can see the full lines below.
The decision to keep Haley in the lineup is a puzzling one unless Ryan Carpenter, an actual center, is injured. The fourth line was fine against the Arizona Coyotes and I’m sure will pull their weight against another bad team in the Sabres but debuting a rookie, even one on the older side like Sorensen, without a true center is an interesting decision to say the least.
San Jose signed Sorensen as a free agent after he was not retained by the Ottawa Senators. The Sens drafted Sorensen back in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He has scored 27 points in 39 games in his first season in the AHL.
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Projected Sharks Lines
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Marcus Sorensen – Micheal Haley – Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Projected Sabres Lines
Marcus Foligno – Jack Eichel – Sam Reinhart
Matt Moulson – Ryan O’Reilly – Kyle Okposo
Evander Kane – Zemgus Girgensons – Brian Gionta
Justin Bailey – Nic Deslauriers – Tyler Ennis
Dmitry Kulikov – Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe – Coey Franson
Josh Gorges – Justin Falk
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