San Jose Sharks claim Gadjovich on waivers, reassign Raska and Melnichuk
It comes at that point in the NHL preseason where the waiver thread is pretty busy, with all 32 teams reducing their roster before opening night. For teams like the San Jose Sharks in the midst of a reboot looking for underrated young talent, this time of year is especially key to finding those players. It should come as no surprise then that the Sharks have decided to add to their depth, claiming left winger Jonah Gadjovich outside the waivers of the Vancouver Canucks.
Gadjovich played most of the 2020-21 season with the AHL Utica Comets and made a huge impact – in 19 games, he scored 15 goals and collected 3 assists. His AHL goals-per-game ratio was 0.79, the league’s best among skaters who have appeared in 10 or more games. He also appeared in a game for the Canucks, skating just five minutes before a major fight and a 10-minute unrest misconduct ended his night.
“Jonah is a proven goalscorer at every level he has participated in during his junior and professional career, which includes the 2018 Junior Worlds with Team Canada, ”said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a press release. “He’s a skater who can use his size to his advantage, and we can’t wait to have him in our club.”
The 22-year-old Ontario native started his OHL career with the Owen Sound Attack, playing four seasons with the club and wearing the “A” in his senior year. In 228 games, he collected 155 points (89 goals, 66 assists), while accumulating 175 penalty minutes. He was first selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Canucks.
The Sharks have also reassigned forward Adam Raska and goaltender Alexei Melnichuk to the San Jose Barracuda. It’s a bit of a disappointing end to Raska’s preseason campaign, in which the 2020 seventh-round pick made a big impression with his daring playstyle, though it might just be ‘it was a matter of time before he was brought back into the NHL. for the same reason. Meanwhile, Melnichuk’s reassignment means Adin Hill is on track to recover from the wrist issue he suffered on Sunday. James Reimer had a maintenance day on Wednesday, but returned to training today.
The training camp roster is approaching its final phase, with currently 27 players.