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Barracuda Bytes: Wrapping up scoring rates for the Sharks’ minor leaguers

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It started better than it finished.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

I tracked scoring rates for the San Jose Barracuda over the course of the season, starting back in November. I provided an update in February and now that the regular season is over, I can finally stop plugging numbers into this spreadsheet. Thank god.

Here’s the too long, didn’t read of this very good article: Forwards under 21 at the beginning of the season should score at least 0.7 points per game. Once they hit 22, that number jumps to a point pit per game. Defenders need to score at 0.5 points per game when under 22 and 0.7 points per game once they reach their age-22 season.

The obvious caveat is scoring isn’t the only way to evaluate a player’s NHL potential; but it can be informative. So with that in mind, here’s how the Sharks’ farm system ended up. I’ve embedded the spreadsheets below with my thoughts below.

Forward Scoring Rates

Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G
Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G
Rourke Chartier 20 C 67 17 18 35 0.52 John McCarthy 30 LW 67 19 14 33 0.49
Adam Helewka 21 LW 58 14 15 29 0.50 Buddy Robinson 25 RW 66 17 14 31 0.47
Timo Meier 20 C 33 14 9 23 0.70 Nikita Jevpalovs 22 RW 65 13 8 21 0.32
Alex Schoenborn 21 RW 29 1 3 4 0.14 Daniel O'Regan 22 C 63 23 35 58 0.92
Jon Martin 21 RW 26 2 3 5 0.19 Barclay Goodrow 23 RW 61 25 20 45 0.74
Kevin Labanc 20 RW 19 6 13 19 1.00 Colin Blackwell 23 C 57 4 7 11 0.19
Jake Marchment 21 C 4 0 0 0 0.00 Ryan Carpenter 25 RW 54 14 25 39 0.72
Colby McCauley 20 RW 4 0 2 2 0.50 Zack Stortini 31 RW 48 3 1 4 0.08
Noah Rod 20 LW 2 0 1 1 0.50 Marcus Sorensen 24 LW 43 17 17 34 0.79
Alex Gallant 23 LW 29 0 2 2 0.07
Tim Clifton 24 C 8 0 0 0 0.00
Bryan Moore 22 F 2 1 1 2 1.00
*Age at start of season Matt Willows 25 RW 1 0 0 0 0.00

Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc, in limited playing time, hit the 0.7 point per game threshold while Danny O’Regan started the season hot before tailing off at the end.

Barclay Goodrow, Ryan Carpenter and Marcus Sorensen all had good (not great) seasons as the ‘Cuda showed off impressive depth. This is as loaded an AHL team as the Sharks have ever had and it showed in the depth scoring numbers. These guys may not have a future with the big club, but they may be the difference if the Barracuda win a title this year.

Defender Scoring Rate

Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G
Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G Name Age* Pos GP G A PTS Pt/G
Julius Bergman 20 D 64 3 27 30 0.47 Tim Heed 25 D 55 14 42 56 1.02
Mirco Mueller 21 D 62 2 18 20 0.32 Joakim Ryan 23 D 65 10 39 49 0.75
Michael Brodzinski 21 D 9 0 3 3 0.33 Patrick McNally 24 D 59 3 12 15 0.25
Jacob Middleton 20 D 50 1 8 9 0.18 Dan Kelly 27 D 53 1 6 7 0.13
Jason Fram 21 D 2 0 0 0 0.00 Harrison Ruopp 23 D 3 0 0 0 0.00
Nick DeSimone 21 D 4 1 0 1 0.25 Travis Brown 22 D 1 0 0 0 0.00
*Age at start of 2016-17 season

Tim Heed stayed atop the list throughout the season, no doubt buoyed by getting to play against players who were often much younger and less experienced than him. Still, with the expansion draft looming it’s great to have a player like him in the system — and he’s not the only interesting defensive prospect in San Jose.

Joakim Ryan and Mirco Mueller both had fine years in different ways. Ryan put up solid scoring numbers and emerged as an intriguing prospect while Mueller continued to shore up his defensive play. All three of these players will make a big for a roster spot if the Sharks lose a defender to Vegas this summer.

There’s still (hopefully) a lot of season left for the Barracuda, but with the regular season wrapped up we can definitively say they’ve never had one as good as the one that concluded on Saturday. The playoffs have been a bit of a mixed bag for the Sharks so far, but the ‘Cuda’s postseason outlook is looking pretty bright at the moment.