The Sharks have been toothless so far. 14 goals scored in 12 matches? That would not be enough even for a football team. Now the offensive could start to bite sometimes. Here comes Calen Addison! Savior? No, but with the current misery of defenders who can play with the puck, this is a downright dream signing for San Jose. In addition, it only cost general manager Mike Grier Adam Raška and a fifth-round draft pick (not until 2026).
Shameful, see? Ruin perfectly illustrates even one unhappy experience. The sight of a fan’s banner announcing “My first Sharks game” was heartbreaking as the individual watched a brutal debacle from the Vancouver Canucks (1:10).
Yes, the defensive activity is alarming, after all, for the first win (it came in the 12th game of the season), San Jose needed a superhuman goalkeeping performance by MacKenzie Blackwood, but Grier reacts more to groping forward.
Maybe with the idea that if his team plays more with the puck and knows how to handle it, he won’t have so many losses and vicissitudes when defending. His words confirm this: “Calen is a talented back with great vision and stick technique.”
He needed to respond to a situation where the NHL barely had four point guards from the entire organization. And so he acquired Addison, a promising and cheap Canadian ($825,000 per year).
Five assists in a dozen games means he’ll help with the passing game and command the numbers advantage. As well as 29 points (18 of which were on the power play) from last season.
In Minnesota, he played 17 minutes per game, now the 23-year-old guard could skate even more. No, he’s not the second Erik Karlsson, but he should give the struggling Manchaft a shot. And on top of that, the analytical numbers confirm that he could be top-notch in attack.
The Wild acquired Addison in 2020, along with incorrigible troublemaker Alex Galchenyuk (now KHL) and a first-round draft pick, from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Jason Zucker.
Now, in addition to the aforementioned selection, he is bringing Czech forward Raška for him. The former player of the Třinec Ocelář has eight starts in the NHL, but he is still waiting for a premiership point. He will have to wait for his chance at the new address, he has to start on the farm.
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