Members of the San Jose Sharks celebrate their win over the Philadelphia Flyers

Sharks Prepare Despite Unforeseen Changes

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer juggled his lines at the team’s morning skate Wednesday in preparation for the team’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Rookie forward Kevin Labanc returned to the Sharks after a successful weekend with the Barracuda. Labanc posted three assists in two games in San Antonio, Texas in a pair of wins for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate. He was recalled on Tuesday morning.

The Sharks called up defenseman Mirco Mueller on Wednesday morning. Mueller would play over David Schlemko, who is listed as day-to-day with an apparent leg injury. Mueller has posted six points (zero goals, six assists) in his last 16 games with the Barracuda.

Sharks fans can breathe a sigh of relief as forward Logan Couture was on the ice Wednesday morning after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on Saturday. Couture is one of the best forwards in the game with 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his last 25 games. He just needs to remain healthy to continue to be the star center that he is.

Goalie Martin Jones was in net. Jones and Couture were joined by Dylan DeMelo on the ice. DeMelo is far from a household name, but he is a defenseman who has potential in the NHL. DeMelo has only played in two games thus far, but he has scored one goal.

I asked DeMelo what improvements he has made in the games as of late.

“I’ve just been making the most of the opportunities,” DeMelo said. “I’m staying ready and focused. When I’m in (the Sharks), I haven’t thought about things too much. I just go out to play and I think that’s beneficial.”

DeMelo also mentioned that his pairing with Schlemko or Brenden Dillon is effective because they’ve been playing smart, simple hockey by moving the puck up to the forwards and trying to find some offense.

DeBoer will use the same lines he used in the Sharks’ last game against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 2.