Sharks add Barracuda’s leading scorer to Monday’s lineup

SAN JOSE – Forward Scott Reedy will make his NHL debut Monday night when the Sharks host the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center.

Reedy, 22, has eight goals and 12 points in 12 games with the Barracuda this season. He’ll play on the Sharks’ fourth line with center Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano.

The Sharks, who will be without the injured Jonathan Dahlen on Monday, have scored just eight goals in their last five games. The Sharks have a 2-5-1 record since they began the season with wins six of their first nine games.

San Jose is in desperate need of some offensive production from their bottom two forward lines and it hopes Reedy can provide a spark. Bonino remains without a point in 17 games and Cogliano has one point, a Nov. 11 goal against Winnipeg, in 11 games.

“The puck follows him around a little bit and he’s a guy that deserves a chance,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said of Reedy. “It never hurts to be a right-shot in our lineup. Obviously, a right shot is important. It changes the look of our lines a little bit, so I’m excited to see it.

“I don’t want (Reedy) to be worried about making safe plays so he stays in the lineup. I just want him to be himself and create when he can. … We’ve got a lot of the same type of players in the bottom six and maybe he brings a different element.”

Reedy, who played four seasons with the University of Minnesota before he signed an entry-level deal with San Jose last April, is the seventh player to make his NHL debut with the Sharks this season, joining Dahlen, Jasper Weatherby, William Eklund, Ryan Merkley, Santeri Hatakka, Artemi Kniazev.

Reedy had a nose for the net with the Golden Gophers, particularly in his junior and senior seasons with 26 goals in 63 games.

“He’s a heavy, smart, hard-nosed hockey player. He does the little things well,” said Weatherby, a North Dakota alum who competed against Reedy at the college level and got to know him at prior development camps.

“He kind of came up to me today and just asked for a little advice. I said, ‘Hey, play your game. You’re a great hockey player and you’re going to do extremely well at this level.’ So, just try to give him as much confidence as I can.”

With Reedy in the lineup, Jonah Gadjovich will be a healthy scratch.

Dahlen, the Sharks’ co-leading goal scorer this season with seven goals, is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Boughner said Sunday that he is hopeful Dahlen can return this week. The Sharks finish their homestand with games against Ottawa on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday.

MORE ON KANE: Like others in the organization, Tomas Hertl isn’t sure how the Sharks will handle Evander Kane when his suspension ends next week.

Hertl said he hasn’t talked to Kane and doesn’t know anyone who has seen or talked to him in recent days.

Kane has not been around the Sharks since the start of training camp when the NHL opened two investigations into his past behavior. He was suspended for 21 games on Oct. 18 for violating the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.

Kane is eligible to play again on Nov. 30 when the Sharks are in New Jersey to play the Devils. But it is unclear what will happen at that point.

“Honestly, I didn’t really know what’s next step or whatever,” Hertl said, “because I’m like you guys, I don’t know what will happen there.”

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