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|Sharks prospect Goldobin takes aim at roster spot
9 июля 2015 года. Pashelka, Curtis. Oakland Tribune
SAN JOSE -- Less than a year after his professional training camp debut, forward Nikolay Goldobin made it clear Thursday that he wants to take it one step further and be on the Sharks roster this season.
"It's my dream to make the team," Goldobin said. "It's my second year, so I'm going to work harder, harder than my first camp. Hopefully the coaches will like me."
Goldobin, San Jose's No. 1 draft choice in 2014, was arguably the most offensively gifted player the Sharks had at their development camp this week. He also appears to be more mature, and perhaps more NHL-ready, after a year of playing against older professionals in Finland and packing on a little more muscle to his 5-foot-10 frame.
But if Goldobin wants to make the Sharks later this year, San Jose Barracuda coach Roy Sommer said he'll almost certainly have to turn into a more responsible player in the defensive zone.
"He's got offense, and when he wants to go, he's pretty good," Sommer said Thursday morning at SAP Center before the Sharks' prospects scrimmage. "I think the big thing with him is that he's got to get a lot more consistent. Offensively, he's got all the tools. He sees the ice real well. He's just got to play both ends of the ice and get the confidence of the coaching staff."
Goldobin was the 27th overall pick in 2014 after two stellar offensive seasons with the Sarnia Sting in which he had a combined 162 points in 135 games. He had a memorable first training camp with San Jose, finishing with four points in four exhibition games before he was assigned to HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.
"The guys are thinking faster, and you have to make decisions faster at both ends," Goldobin said in his improved English of the Finnish Elite League. "It's more physical."
Goldobin had 21 points in 38 games for HIFK, then joined the Worcester Sharks late in the American Hockey League season. He had five points in nine regular-season games with Worcester, which lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Goldobin is listed at 185 pounds, about 5 to 10 pounds heavier than he was last year. He said he'll train in Detroit with agent and former Shark Igor Larionov, who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, for two weeks before he returns to San Jose.
Certainly there could be an opening for a forward once camp begins in September, but Goldobin, who turns 20 in October, is also eligible to return to the AHL and play for the Barracuda. That could be where he starts the season as he seeks to refine his defensive play.
"Maybe I have the skill, but I need to do the little details to play in NHL," Goldobin said. "I have a lot of skill, but it's not enough to play in NHL. I have to do what the coaches say."
-- Forward Timo Meier's probably at least a year or two away from seriously challenging for a roster spot on the Sharks. But through four days of development camp, he showed why he was so highly touted going into this year's NHL draft.
"As camp's gone on, I think he's gotten better and better," Sommer said of Meier. "He's a power forward, goes hard to the net, big body, and it looks like he's hard to stop. ... He's got a lot of intangibles."
The 6-1, 210-pound Meier, selected ninth overall last month, has been soaking it all in this week. He signed his entry-level contract, met new teammates and coaches and caught up with fellow Swiss players Mirco Mueller and Noah Rod.
Meier is likely ticketed for another year of junior hockey but not before he takes part in the Sharks' main training camp in September. Between now and then, he'll intensify his training, then try to leave a good impression on Peter DeBoer and his staff.
"As a young guy, you always want to get faster, bigger and stronger," Meier said. "I want to take notes from that camp. You learn a lot about what it means to play at the NHL level."
-- Goldobin had a goal and an assist for Team Ricci in its 5-2 win over Team Marchment in the prospects scrimmage before a crowd of roughly 7,000 at SAP Center. Goldobin assisted on Nikita Jevpalovs' goal early in the first 25-minute half to open the scoring, then scored on a penalty shot in the second half.
Dylan Sadowy, Barclay Goodrow and Alex Schoenborn also scored for Team Ricci. Chris Tierney and Jeremy Langlois scored for Team Marchment.
For more on the Sharks, see the Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow Curtis Pashelka on Twitter at twitter.com/CurtisPashelka.