San Jose Sharks: Surprises and Disappointments from Preseason

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Surprise: Barclay Goodrow

Sep 23, 2014; Stockton, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow (89) scores a second period goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Jakob Markstrom (35) during their NHL Preseason game at the Stockton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

For me, this is the obvious one. Barclay Goodrow, who was signed as a free agent towards the end of last season out of the OHL, has really put on a show during this preseason. The North Bay Battalion captain has scored three goals and added one assist to co-lead the team with four points in four preseason games.

He led North Bay in every offensive category last year with 33 goals, 34 assists, 67 points, 10 power play goals and a whopping seven shorthanded goals which also led the OHL.

I am going to take a wild guess, and say that is why they signed him. They saw his potential, and maybe other NHL teams did not. He is obviously exceeding expectations with this preseason, and has maybe even played his way into a roster spot to at least start the season. If he cannot quite get over that hump, he has definitely moved himself up in both the front office’s and coaching staff’s eyes.