Thursday, April 20, 2017

Donskoi out, Boedker in for Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are changing up their forwards a bit for Game 5 in Edmonton. Joonas Donskoi will be a healthy scratch while Mikkel Boedker will draw into the lineup.

“It’s going to fun. It’s going to be a challenge,” Boedker said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “We came out and played really well last game, so obviously we come in here excited. It’s going to be a good game.”

The 27-year-old was in the lineup for games one and two in Edmonton. He recorded two shots in Game 1 and looked to be in the flow of play, recording over 18 minutes of ice time. In Game 2 he did not record a shot and his ice time was limited to 12 minutes.

Donskoi has an assist and is a minus-3 in four games for the Sharks. Like Boedker, he was a difference-maker in Game 1, but he has gone cold since.

Boedker signed a four-year, $16 million deal this summer, but had a disappointing first season with the Sharks, recording just 26 points in 81 games. Donskoi was also a disapointment during the regular season. He had just 17 points in 61 games after recording 36 points in his rookie season, to go with 12 playoff points during the Sharks run to the Cup Final last year.