Dylan Gambrell dismissed by San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE – The Sharks put center Dylan Gambrell on waiver on Saturday, two days before NHL teams are due to submit 23-man rosters to the NHL.
NHL teams have until 11 a.m. PT Sunday to claim Gambrell, who has played 99 games with the Sharks in the past two seasons. If unclaimed, the Sharks can assign him to the AHL Barracuda.
The move bolsters Jasper Weatherby’s chances of making it into the Sharks roster out of training camp as the team’s fourth-line center, as he and Gambrell contested for the spot throughout camp. Weatherby had two points in four preseason games and also spent time on the power play. Gambrell had two points in two games.
Lane Pederson, acquired from Arizona this summer, can also play center, although he was recently transferred to a wing position.
The Sharks also claimed Jonah Gadjovich on waivers on Thursday, further encumbering the team’s forward group. Of the 29 players who were on the Sharks roster on Saturday, 18 were forwards, including Gambrell. Gadjovich is on the list, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to join the Sharks in person.
NHL teams must submit a list of 23 players to the NHL by 2 p.m. PST Monday.
Before taking on Gadjovich, Sharks coach Bob Boughner said the team will likely keep 14 forwards to start the season. To succeed. It’s possible the Sharks will assign Adam Raska and Jeffrey Viel to the AHL and put Evander Kane on leave. According to an agreement with the team, Kane, under several NHL investigations, has stayed away from the Sharks camp and there is no indication that he will be with the team for the start of the season.
The Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night in their final preseason game. Their first regular season game will be on October 16 at home against the Winnipeg Jets.
Gambrell, 25, was the Sharks’ second-round pick in 2016. He played at the University of Denver for three seasons from 2015 to 2018 and won a national championship in 2017.
Gambrell had 45 points in 51 games for the Barracuda in 2018-19, and played 110 games for the Sharks in four seasons, and was the team’s third-row center for most of last season.
Gambrell’s calling card was his play as a two-way forward, but he struggled offensively in the NHL. He has only collected 23 points in 110 games, including 12 last season averaging 16:02 ice time.
Gambrell was exposed by the Sharks in this summer’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken. Gambrell is from Washington, but the Kraken took center Alexander True.
To meet their needs at center, the Sharks signed a two-year contract with Nick Bonino in July and a two-year entry-level contract with Weatherby in August.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Weatherby was a Sharks fourth-round pick in 2018. After three seasons in North Dakota, 23-year-old Weatherby has decided to forgo his final year with the Fighting Hawks and go pro. .
This preseason, Weatherby has shown a physical side and averages around 15 minutes of ice time per game. He won 30 of 62 draws.
NOTE: Defenseman Nicolas Meloche, who was pulled out by the Sharks on Friday, allowed the waivers.