5. Jayden Halbgewachs
Third on the team with 27 points, Halbgewachs could be the next forward in line for a look with the Sharks. He scored a goal and one assist in the Barracuda’s most recent win over Bakersfield.
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6. Josef Korenar
Unless Aaron Dell is traded or Martin Jones gets bought out, do not expect Josef Korenar to be in between the pipes this season for the Sharks. The goaltending for the Barracuda this season is similar to the Jones/Dell tandem being ranked at the bottom in combined save percentages.
After breaking onto the scene to earn a trip to the AHL All-Star game, Korenar’s numbers fell below average. He is 8-14-4, allowing over three goals per game compared to last season going 23-8-2, allowing just over two and a half goals per game.
Goaltenders are a bust in recent years as Alex Stalock and Thomas Griess are the only current, former Sharks to still be playing in the NHL. The last Shark to come from the system is currently assistant coach Evgeni Nabokov.
For the Sharks, the top-six pairings appear set for the coming years with the need to find players going to play consistently on the bottom, paring a significant demand. The hope is a few Barracuda players will get the idea and choose to play at a high level on a nightly basis.
Otherwise, the Sharks’ farm system will continue to a place of false hope, and the players will be AHL members for life.