According to San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, winger Martin Havlat will be making his season debut tonight in Los Angeles. Havlat, who underwent pelvic floor reconstruction during the offseason, is set to come back tonight. Based on morning practice could make his debut on the third line alongside Joe Pavelski.
Havlat was the center of concern this offseason for both the Sharks organization and fans alike, but not in the form of get-well cards. Rather, the winger was a possible candidate for a compliance buyout due to his injury problems and high cost ($5 million cap hit), but due to his injury was immune to it.
In any event, his addition to the lineup makes an already strong lineup stronger. Having him on the third line along with Joe Pavelski means the Sharks could have one of the deepest set of forwards in the league. Keep in mind Brent Burns and Matt Nieto are still out, although they might not be much longer.
However, once they come back the coaching staff will have some tough decisions regarding the lineup. If you will recall, last season one of San Jose’s best lines was Logan Couture centering Patrick Marleau and Havlat, and right now Tyler Kennedy is filling that role nicely.