Sharks Hire Niklas Sundstrom as European Scout

Team Also Augments Other Existing Roles Within the Hockey Operations Department

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 7:00 AM PT / News
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Sharks Hire Niklas Sundstrom as European Scout
Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has hired former Sharks forward Niklas Sundstrom as a European Scout and augmented other roles existing within the Hockey Operations Department.

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has hired former Sharks forward Niklas Sundstrom as a European Scout.

He will work in conjunction with fellow European Scout Shin Larsson.

Sundstrom spent parts of four seasons (1999-2003) with San Jose, ranking in the top-40 among franchise leaders in several categories, including: points (137, 24th), goals (33, 38th), assists (104, 20th) and games played (281, 30th). He helped San Jose reach the playoffs in three of those four seasons, compiling 12 points (1-11=12) in 30 playoff games with the Sharks.

Often playing alongside current Sharks Development Coach Mike Ricci and Scott Thornton, the trio combined to be one of the most effective and popular lines in franchise history.

“One of Nicky’s strongest assets has always been his hockey sense, which is off the charts,” said Wilson. “We are excited to add Nicky’s insight and abilities to our talented scouting group and welcome him back to the Sharks family.”

Along with his scouting duties, Sundstrom’s responsibilities will include an emphasis on European player development and transition.

The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native spent ten seasons in the National Hockey League with Montreal, San Jose and the New York Rangers, amassing 349 points (117 goals, 232 assists) and 256 penalty minutes in 750 career NHL games. Sundstrom was originally drafted eighth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He spent the last seven seasons of his playing career in the Swedish Hockey League with MODO, retiring after the 2012-13 campaign.

Additionally, Wilson announced several augmentations to roles held by current hockey department staff members, allowing for more of an emphasis on the development and mentoring of players.

  • Development Coach Mike Ricci’s role of aiding in the development and skills of the team’s forwards will be expanded to work with players throughout the organization’s depth chart. Ricci enjoyed a 16-year NHL career, notching 605 points (243 goals, 362 assists) and 979 penalty minutes in 1,099 games with Philadelphia, Quebec/Colorado, San Jose and Phoenix. He also added 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 110 Stanley Cup Playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996.

  • Scout Bryan Marchment will handle a similar role with the organization’s defensemen. Marchment played in 926 NHL games over 17 seasons with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary and posted 182 points (40 goals, 142 assists) and 2,307 penalty minutes.

  • Scout Dirk Graham will continue to aid in the organization’s player development process with an emphasis on leadership and character development. Graham, 1991 Selke Trophy winner, played 12 NHL seasons and 772 games, primarily with Chicago and scored at least 20 goals six times, helping Chicago reach the 1992 Stanley Cup Final while serving as the team's captain from 1989-95.

  • As previously announced, Larry Robinson, who served as an associate coach for the last two seasons, was named Associate Coach and Director of Player Development, and will continue to assist on Head Coach Todd McLellan’s coaching staff, as well as aid in the development of Sharks players and prospects.

  • Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab will continue to work with all goaltenders in the Sharks organization from the NHL, AHL, ECHL, college, and Canadian and United States junior leagues. A veteran of 147 regular season games with New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Toronto over his eight-year NHL career, Schwab was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils as well as the 1995 Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats.

“We have always felt that drafting and developing players is the heart and soul of our organization,” said Wilson. “I am extremely pleased with the group that we have assembled to lead our development efforts. The character and accomplishments of the individuals working with our young players speak for themselves, and many of these leaders have a history within the Sharks family.”

Lastly, John Ferguson, who most recently served as the team’s director of pro scouting, has left the organization for a position with the Boston Bruins.

“This is a great opportunity for John,” said Wilson. “We want to thank ‘Fergie’ for all of his hard work over the past six seasons and wish him the best.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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