The young are taking over the San Jose Sharks and one player, in particular, is set to have a breakout campaign this year. Marcus Sorensen is going to be skating in his fourth season and here is why he is ready to have that breakout season.
Sorensen, also known as ‘Marcus Scorensen,’ was born on April 7th in 1992 in Sodertalje, Sweden. The 5-foot-11 inch right-wing was drafted 206th overall in the 2010 draft by the Ottawa Senators but never actually played a game for them.
The Senators would not sign him by the deadline, so Sorensen had the ability to sign wherever he would like. In 2016, he signed with the San Jose Sharks on an entry-level contract.
As a result of the signing, Sorensen headed to North America to join the San Jose Barracuda for the 2016-17 season.
It did not take long for the native of Sweden to make it up to the big leagues as he joined the Sharks in 2017 and collected his first point in his first career NHL game on February 7th — the night after being called up.
In the three seasons that Marcus Sorensen has been with the San Jose Sharks, he has scored 23 goals, assisted on 18, and collected 41 points in 131 NHL games.
Last season was his first season playing in more than 32 games as he was able to suit up for a total of 80 of the 82 games last season. As a result of playing in those 80 games, Sorensen had a career year totaling seven goals and 13 assists for a total of 30 points.
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Some would consider that as his first actual season in the NHL as in his past two seasons before that he played less than half of the games in the season.
As I expect him to play in all 82 games this season, the production Peter DeBoer will expect from him will greatly increase as he is not considered apart of the young movement that the Sharks have going on this season.
Having played most of last season on the third line with Hall of Famer Joe Thornton, I expect him to be on that same line, but with more production this season.
Playing with a player of Thornton’s caliber will boost his stats as Sorensen will find out and get the pass to him while other players may not be able to.
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With Sorensen playing in his second season ‘beside Jumbo,’ we can expect to see them be more comfortable together and that will help both players even more as they will know what the other player is thinking even before they do it.
On the other side of the puck, we have seen Sorensen become more physical and willing to throw his weight around when it is needed. I have always said that the Sharks have needed to get more physical and be willing to get under the opponents’ skin.
Having a player like Sorensen on the third line spreads the physicality between the lines and makes sure that DeBoer is able to roll those four lines as he did so well last season.
Sorensen had 88 hits on the season last year, which was a little over the average of the team as the team had an average of 63 hits for the season.
On the prediction side, I think that the Sharks will be happy if the Sorensen can get over that 20-goal hump while also putting up around 25+ assists on the season.
I expect him to play in all 82 games if healthy, so around 50+ points is not unreasonable to expect from the young right-winger.
Marcus Sorensen is one of the many keys to the Sharks year and he is my top candidate to have a breakout campaign during the 2019-20 season.