Joining him in the big club press box will be a familiar face. Forward Brandon Mashinter has also gotten a nod for the Sharks tonight.
The 29-year-old forward is on his second stint with the Sharks organization, having signed with them as an undrafted unrestricted free agent in 2009. He scored his first NHL goal as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015. In 64 NHL games, he has racked up four goals, one assist, and 50 penalty minutes.
With the Barracuda this season, Mashinter has recorded seven goals, 11 assists, and 19 penalty minutes in 41 games. In 512 career AHL games between the Worcester Sharks, Connecticut Whale, Rockford IceHogs, Hartford Wolf Pack, and San Jose Barracuda, he’s totaled 122 goals, 127 assists, and 627 penalty minutes.
If Mashinter were to play, it’d be his first time in a Sharks sweater since April 4, 2011. The only time he played more than ten minutes in a game for the Sharks was against the then-Phoenix Coyotes on January 17, 2011, where he logged 10:04 minutes of ice time.
Neither player is projected to make tonight’s line up.
The Barracuda play the Coyote’s AHL affiliate, the Tuscon Roadrunners, tomorrow night in San Jose while the Sharks have the night off, so a loan back to the Barracuda will likely come tomorrow morning.