San Jose Sharks Recall 3 from AHL after Braun, Wingels Injured


Hockey fans in Northern California have gotten a double dose of bad news. San Jose Sharks F Tommy Wingels will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken hand while D Justin Braun will be out for 5-6 weeks with a broken finger. The Sharks also announced on Tuesday that they have officially recalled F Tomas Hertl, F Barclay Goodrow and D Mirco Mueller from their All-Star break assignments in the AHL.

Wingels, 26, is in his 5th season with San Jose, is having a breakout year in 2015 with 11 goals and 14 assists in 47 games. At just 6-foot, 195 pounds, Wingels isn’t afraid to throw the body, and has amassed 30 PIMs and totals 174 hits as a result — which ranks him #3 in the league in that category. The former 2008 6th round pick is having his best season as a pro and needs just 14 points to top his season best. Although this injury may make it a bit harder to reach that personal milestone.

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Braun, not known as much for his offensive numbers, has a goal and 18 assists in 47 games this season. The 20-year-old 7th round pick also is amongst the top 30 in the league with 86 blocked shots, which also happens to lead the team. Braun is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and is a very valuable part of this Sharks team, so hopefully we will be seeing #61 back on the ice sooner, rather than later.

Ironically, both Wingels and Braun suffered their injuries at the hands of Mike Cammalleri. Braun blocked a shot by him in the 1/19 game vs. New Jersey while Cammalleri hurt Wingels with a slash on the hands.

Hertl played 2 games in Worcester, tallied 2 assists, and was a +1. The 20-year-old 1st round pick will come back to San Jose looking to improve upon his 17 point (8g+9a) first half. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, look for Hertl to occupy the front of the net and look for the nitty gritty type of goals.

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  • Goodrow also played 2 games back east, but did not find his way onto the score sheet. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound 21-year-old did however, rack up 9 PIMs during his brief stint in the AHL. Goodrow comes back to San Jose with 2 goals and an assist during his rookie campaign in the NHL. The lack of production is a little disappointing after Goodrow seemingly burst onto the scene with an outstanding preseason performance. Hopefully “Barcs” can step up his game in the absence of the injured Wingels.

    Another former first round pick was recalled from “the Woo.” Mueller spent 3 games there on a conditioning assignment scoring 1 goal and totaling 4 PIMs. Mueller, 19, is just coming back from an injury to his wrist suffered before he represented Switzerland at the World Junior Championships where he scored 1 helper and 6 PIMs in 6 games. He also served as the alternate captain for the Swiss. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound defenseman has tallied a goal and 2 assists in 24 games in San Jose so far this season.

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