By: Joe Lami
The San Jose Sharks held their third annual prospects game on Thursday night at SAP Center. It gave fans a chance to see the up and comers in the organization while helping the Sharks foundation at the same time.
Chris Tierney, Barclay Goodrow and Mirco Mueller were the veterans involved in the scrimmage and it showed as they appeared to be on a whole other level compared to most of the players participating. However, recent high draft picks Jemry Roy and Nikolay Goldobin impressed as well.
Roy (pronounced Wah), the Sharks’ second round pick from this year’s draft. Roy was taken 31st overall by San Jose after the Sharks jumped up eight spots to nab the 6-foot right handed defenseman. Roy was said to be a two-way defenseman that can bring offense to his game. This past season in Sherbrooke proved it, as he had 43 points in 46 games played. Fans on Thursday night didn’t see his offensive side, but saw what he could do on the backend, and it was impressive. Roy’s performance reminded me much of the way Marc-Edouard Vlasic plays. He is great positionally and goes unnoticed, but makes some great plays. The most memorable came in the second half, when he noticed Timo Meier in the neutral zone getting ready to receive a breakout pass that would’ve led to a breakaway, but instead Roy read the play and broke up the pass before Meier got it. Roy was paired on the right side of Mueller, but was the better player in my book.
Nikolay Goldobin’s night started with a bang, as he helped get his team on the board first, just 22 seconds into the first half. Goldobin started the play by driving the net, while Nikita Jevpalous was able to get it past Liam Herbst. Goldobin looks like a better, more experience forward. He spent last year in the Finnish league, where he said that playing with the men helped him out a lot. He credits his agent, Igor Larionov, with the idea of playing in a men’s league. This past year he scored 21 points (11 goals, 10 assist) in 38 games. He says that he needs to work on the details of his game before he makes it into the NHL. Goldobin was also given a penalty shot as he was tripped up on a breakaway. He scored short side with a beautiful snap shot that he said after the game, “that’s my favorite move. I already knew I was going to score”.