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Marcus Sorensen makes NHL debut as Sharks look to get road trip off on right foot

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Where to watch / listen in San Jose

CSN-California / KFOX-98.5

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

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

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

Robin Lehner

Anders Nilsson

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