San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
James Sheppard
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 04/25/1988
AGE: 26
DRAFTED: MIN: 2006-9 overall
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Missed 2010-11 and majority of 2011-12 due to off-season knee injury, September 4. 2010. Traded to San Jose by Minnesota for San Jose's 3rd round choice (Kurtis Gabriel) in 2013 Entry Draft, August 7, 2011.
2011-12: Missed entire NHL season due to injury...Appeared in four games in Worcester on a conditioning assignment from Feb. 28 - March 6...Did not record a point and had a +1 plus/minus rating.

CAREER 2010-11: Missed entire season due to injury.

2009-10: Posted six points (2-4=6) and 38 PIM in 64 games in his third season with Wild…Notched five points (2-3=5) in 12-game span from Nov. 12 – Dec. 11…Had an assist in back-to-back games (Nov. 20 –Nov. 25)…Registered five hits and fighting major vs. Vancouver on Feb. 14…Skated in 200th NHL game on Jan. 21 vs. Detroit…Scored a goal at Nashville on Dec. 5…Logged season-high 18:48 in ice time at Vancouver on Oct. 17.

2008-09: One of two players to appear in all 82 games (Miettinen), totaling 24 points (5-19=24) and 41 PIM…Posted eight points (1-7=8) in season’s final 11 games…Tied career high with two assists vs. Nashville on April 10…Registered a three-game point streak (1-2=3) from March 26 – March 29 to tie career high…Tallied a goal and +2 at Calgary on March 28…Registered an assist and career-high +3 at Anaheim on March 8…Tied career-high with two assists and points vs. Ottawa on Feb. 14…Logged career-high 20:07 of ice time on Dec. 20 at St. Louis…Notched three shots and five hits in 19:16 of ice time at Phoenix on Dec. 11…Scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 24 vs. Washington.

2007-08: Compiled 19 points (4-15=19) while skating in Wild rookie record 78 games…Made NHL debut on Oct. 10 vs. Edmonton...Collected first NHL point (assist) at Calgary on Oct. 24...Tallied first NHL goal at Edmonton on Oct. 25 off Dwayne Roloson...Skated 15:28 at Colorado on Nov. 11...Notched first career two-point game (two assists) vs. Colorado on Nov. 18...Registered a goal and an assist on Nov. 28 vs. Phoenix...Tied career-high with two assists at Detroit on Jan. 10...Scored first career game-winning goal on Jan. 13 vs. Phoenix...Collected four points (1-3=4) during three-game point streak from Jan. 10 - 13...Recorded season-high five shots on goal in 11:32 of ice-time at Chicago on Feb. 20...Played season-high 17:28 at Atlanta on March 7...Skated in 76 straight games (Oct. 10 –March 26)…Was even or plus in season’s final 13 games...Appeared in all six games against Colorado in his first trip to the NHL playoffs collecting an assist and four PIM...Made NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Colorado on April 9...Collected first point, an assist, and was +1 in Game 5 vs. Colorado on April 17.

2006-07: Generated 96 points (33-63=96) in 56 games for Cape Breton (QMJHL), despite being sidelined for first 12 games of season with an injury...Racked up 27 points (9-18=27) in final 15 regular season games...Registered 20 points (8-12=20) in 16 playoff contests...Named a 2007 QMJHL Second Team All-Star.

2005-06: Tallied 84 points (30-54=84) and 78 PIM for Cape Breton...Ranked second on the team in points (84) and first in assists (54)...Was selected to the QMJHL All-Star Team for the 2005-06 Canadian/Russian Challenge.

2004-05: Recorded 45 points (14-31=45) and 40 PIM as a Cape Breton rookie...Ranked No. 9 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting Service final rankings.

PERSONAL: “Shep” lists these as his favorites…Pavel Bure (hockey idol); sense of humor (personal quality); cheese (favorite food); Badminton (hidden talent); Golf (favorite non-hockey sport); Slap Shot (hockey movie); Black Keys (musician); The Matrix (movie); Ron MacLean (TV personality)…Refuses to eat red and green bell peppers…would be a scientist if he wasn’t playing in the NHL (dad is an engineer)… If he could have dinner with anyone in history it would be Chris Farley and Albert Einstein…his father was biggest influence on his hockey career…thinks Pavel Datsyuk is most exciting player to watch in the NHL…favorite hockey moment was playing for Team Atlantic at the U17 Worlds…favorite non-Sharks NHL jersey is the 1990’s era black and orange Canucks…would like to get rid of the puck over the glass delay of game penalty…thinks Jason Demers is the funniest Sharks player.