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San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

*Photos and information courtesy of www.sharksahl.com, sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.londonjuniorknights.com, www.whl.ca, www.tri-cityherald.com, jets.nhl.com, penguins.nhl.com, theswhl.com, mgoblue.com, hockeyeastonline.com, whl.simhl.net, islanders.nhl.com, fox21online.com, hfboards.com for this post entry.*

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“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Dylan DeMelo

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

With the 179th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks selected defenseman Dylan DeMelo {@DDems2} of the Ontario Hockey League‘s {OHL} Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Described by hockeysfuture.com as a “two-way defenseman who does many things very well,” DeMelo, nicknamed “Dems” or “Jean Shorts,” was drafted by the Majors with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

In his rookie season in 2009-10, DeMelo registered one point on one assist to go along with 12 penalty minutes in 20 games played before being sent down to the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League {OJHL}, where in 36 games played, DeMelo registered 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

“I thought I could play at this level and against bigger and better players but being sent down was a learning experience,” said DeMelo in a Nov. 2010 interview with the Majors website.  “It allowed me to play in every situation and get lots of ice time.”

Wanting to prove to Majors head coach Dave Cameron that he could be a top four defenseman on the Majors and help lead them to the OHL title and the Memorial Cup, DeMelo focused on getting bigger and stronger in the off-season.

“I wanted to be more of a physical player and just keep things simple,” said DeMelo.  “Last year I was more caught up with being in the line-up and not making mistakes.”

DeMelo’s hard work in the off-season resulted in DeMelo becoming a regular on the Majors blue line this past season while logging significant minutes on both special teams. 

“I honestly didn’t expect it coming into the season but it’s awesome,” said DeMelo.  “I think it shows that the coaches have faith in my game and it’s great to be able to help the team win.

Playing in 67 of the team’s 68 regular season games and paired with veteran defenseman Marc Cantin, DeMelo registered 27 points on three goals, including a game-winner in the season opener at Kingston, and 24 assists to go along with70 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-31. 

“He {Cantin} helps me with pointers on what to do on the power play and penalty kill,” said DeMelo.  “Also a lot of tendencies in certain situations, I think he has helped to make me a better player.”

DeMelo continued his strong play into the post season where in 20 playoff games, DeMelo registered five points on one goal and four assists to go along with 15 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-10.

“I just try to keep my game simple,” said DeMelo in a June 2 interview with Mike Ulmer for an article on the Toronto Maple Leafs website.  “I tend to get in trouble when I do too much.  I just find when you keep your game simple and things are going well you can chip in once in a while and get a little risky.  You start with simple and work up from there.  I find if you just stay with your game and do what you do best, that’s when it works.  I get the puck up to the forwards, make a good first pass, make a rush once in a while.  Block shots, get sticks in the passing lane.”

In addition to his high hockey IQ, DeMelo is just as smart away from the ice as he won the Pepsi Scholastic Player of the Year Award at the Majors season-ending banquet on June 18.  DeMelo was also named the OHL’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month this past Feb.

“Dylan maintains a 75 percent average with his three second term academic courses {at Philip Pocok Secondary School},” said Majors academic adviser Kim Bailey in an interview with Chad Hackl for a Feb. 2011 mississauga.com article.  “He keeps focused on both his academics and his hockey.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Dylan DeMelo game winning goal against Kingston  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MisterDB”}
In this video clip, DeMelo scores his first career OHL goal in the season opener at Kingston on Sept. 24, 2010.  The goal, which gave the Majors a 2-1 lead, held up as the game winner and starts at the 3:30 mark of the video clip.  The replay shows the entire play develop.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Domenic Alberga  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Alberga of the Brampton Battalion on Nov. 5, 2010.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Zach Bell  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Bell of the Battalion on Jan. 28, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Kyle Hope  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Hope of the Oshawa Generals on March 5, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Mathew Campagna  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Campagna of the Sudbury Wolves on March 6, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Ryan Strome  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs on April 19, 2011.

DeMelo vs. Strome Alternate View  {Courtesy of YouTube user “OpenIceHockey”}

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.stmichaelsmajors.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, mapleleafs.nhl.com, www.mississauga.com and www.youtube.com for his post entry.*

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Justin Sefton

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

With the 89th overall pick in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks selected defenseman Justin Sefton of the OHL Sudbury Wolves.

“I like to pattern myself after guys like {Dion} Phaneuf {of Toronto} and {Philadelphia‘s Chris} Pronger,” said Sefton in an interview with Tony Khing for a June 25 article on the Sharks website.  “I’m a big physical guy.  I like to move the puck quick with good hard passes.  I’m working on my speed to get my game quicker.”

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ont., Sefton knew at an early age that hockey was in his heart and didn’t hesitate to choose the game over soccer.

“When I was younger, watching a couple of games on television, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Sefton in an interview with Patrick Demers for a 2009 Sudbury Star article.  “I wanted to be the one playing on television.”

At age 11, Sefton was noticed by a few people and offered a chance to play hockey in western Canada, an opportunity that Sefton pounced on.  After a season in western Canada, Sefton played in Las Vegas, Duluth and Minneapolis.  

Rather than return home to Thunder Bay at the conclusion of his time in Minn., Sefton took his talents to the highly regarded Athol Murray College of Notre Dame of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League in order to avoid costly off-ice distractions.

“Coming from Thunder Bay, people think of the Staal family,” said Sefton in an interview with Ryan Kennedy for an Oct. 2008 thehockeynews.com article.  “It’s a great place to be, but there are issues that I was glad to get away from, too – gangs and things like that.”

Located in the village of Wilcox, Saks. {population 200-plus}, and famous for producing NHLers such as Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Rod Brind’Amour and Curtis Joseph, Notre Dame provides rigid structure to teens such as Sefton with a three-pronged mandate that focuses on spirituality, education and hockey.

“Our college is bigger than the town, it’s what kids do here,” said Hounds coach and Director of Hockey Development Del Pedrick in the Kennedy article.  “It allows them to focus; there’s no mall, no 7-11 – it’s a bit of a throwback, just a nice prairie town.”

In addition to the rigors of hockey practice and attending classes, Sefton’s typical days at Notre Dame included hitting the gym after school, participating in mandatory study period after dinner, and hanging out at the rink until curfew, which was 10 p.m. during the week and 11 p.m. on weekends.

As a result of spending countless hours in and around the ice at Notre Dame, Sefton developed an all-around game that included shot-blocking, scoring and punishing anyone who crossed him.

Sefton’s two years at Notre Dame was highlighted by the Hounds winning the Telus Cup Canadian midget AAA Championship in 2009.

“That was, so far, my biggest accomplishment,” said Sefton in the Demers article.  “That taught me the drive and effort it took to win a championship.  It was a very emotional moment for us guys.  As a young team, we put our heads together and we pulled off what we’ve been working on all season.  We all had the same goal, from the players to the coaching staff right to the bus driver.”

A week after finishing final exams at Notre Dame, Sefton flew from Thunder Bay to Sudbury to be officially introduced to the Sudbury Wolves, who drafted Sefton fifth overall in the 2009 OHL Draft.

Lacking a solid defensive unit on the blue line at the time, Sefton’s size and physical play made him an easy selection for the Wolves, who were shocked that Sefton was still available at the fifth pick.

“We feel really fortunate that we have selected him in the first round and have a chance to bring him to Sudbury,” said then Wolves assistant coach Bryan Verreault in the Demers article.  “He’s a player that’s really going to help us and his teammates.”

In his rookie season for the Wolves, Sefton registered seven points on one goal and six assists in 65 games played to go along with 83 penalty minutes.  Unfortunately, the Wolves 2009-10 season ended on a downer as they were swept in the first round of the OHL Playoffs by the top seeded Barrie Colts.  While disappointed, Sefton used the four game sweep as a learning experience.

“We played Barrie six times during the season and only won once – which is a little discouraging,” said Sefton in an interview with The Mayor for a Sept. 2010 hockeyindependent.com article.  “We were clearly the underdogs.  I just tried to keep my composure and take it all in.  I learned as the playoffs go on the games only get harder.  You can’t take a shift off.  If you do, you’re going to get scored on or something bad is going to happen.”

Entering the 2010-11 season as a top prospect for the NHL Draft, Sefton took several large strides in his game that saw him register a career high 11 points on a career five goals and six assists in 66 games played while excelling as a shutdown defenseman alongside defensive partner Frank Corrado, who was drafted in the fifth round {150th overall} by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“Yeah, when there’s only a few minutes left and the coach gives you that tap on the shoulder and says, ‘Get going,’ that’s a great feeling,” said Sefton in an interview with Ben Leeson for a June 23 Sudbury Star article.

A major reason for Sefton’s breakout season was that he felt he became a more well-rounded defenseman.

“I learned to pick my spots better, learned to make a better first pass,” said Sefton in the Leeson article.  “I think I was calmer with the puck and learned to show more poise, which you need if you want to make the next level.”

On a team that lacked grit and genuine tough guys, Sefton emerged as the Wolves physical force as he led all Wolves with 124 penalty minutes.

“We were a bit of a young team with a lot of young guys,” said Sefton in the Leeson article.  “We had Marcus Foligno {captain}, but you want a guy like him on the ice.  You don’t want him to have to do that all the time.  And you want the other older guys, like Mike Lomas and Eric O’Dell, on the ice, too.  I didn’t go looking for it, but if it has to be done, then it has to be done.”

Sefton’s hard work paid off as he cracked the NHL Central Scouting final rankings of North American skaters {89th} released in April after being passed over in both the preliminary and mid-term rankings which were released in Nov. and Jan. respectively.

“It’s nice to see that hard work pay off,” said Sefton in the Leeson article.  “Sure, I wish I was higher but you take what you can get and try to learn from whatever mistakes you made.”

Sefton’s hard work and improvement didn’t go unnoticed by the Wolves as he was the recipient of the Gord Ewin Most Improved honours award at the team luncheon on April 14.

Expected to return to the Wolves for the 2011-12 season along with fellow teammates and close friends Michael Sgarbossa {another Sharks prospect} and Corrado, Sefton told Leeson he has big expectations of himself and the team.

“I think this will fire all of us up even more, to comeback and put up big points as a team and work toward winning a championship in Sudbury.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Justin Sefton knocks out David Broll  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with David Broll of the Soo Greyhounds and knocks him out!  March 1, 2011.

Justin Sefton fights Mike Halmo  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Mike Halmo of the Owen Sound Attack on Jan. 16, 2010.

Justin Sefton fights Robert Farmer  {Courtesy of YouTuber user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Robert Farmer of the Ottawa 67’s on Sept. 25, 2010.

Justin Sefton fights Tom Wilson  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers on  Nov. 5, 2010.

Justin Sefton fights Derek Schoenmakers  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Derek Schoenmakers of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors on Dec. 17, 2010.

Justin Sefton fights Stephon Thorne  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Stephon Thorne of the Brampton Battalion on Dec. 19, 2010.

Justin Sefton fights Michael Latta  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Michael Latta of the Guelph Storm on Jan. 29, 2011.

Justin Sefton fights Derek Mathers  {Courtesy of YouTube use “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Derek Mathers of the Peterborough Petes on Feb. 5, 2011.

Justin Sefton fights Craig Hottot  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JoeKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Craig Hottot of the Sarina Sting on Feb. 21, 2011.

Justin Sefton fights Austen Brassard  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Sefton drops the gloves with Austen Brassard of the Belleville Bulls on March 19, 2011.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeyindependent.com, www.thehockeynews.com, www.thesudburystar.com, www.hockeydb.com and www.youtube.com.*

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Michael Sgarbossa

Photo courtesy of Alex Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On Sept. 21, 2010, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the team signed unrestricted free agent forward Michael Sgarbossa to an entry-level contract.

“We have been watching Michael for a while now and he showed a glimpse of what we feel he is capable of at the YoungStars Tournament,” said Wilson in a press release announcing the Sgarbossa signing on the Sharks website.

Described by hockeysfuture.com as a “lithe and agile skater with quick hands and great offensive instincts,” Sgarbossa was selected in the third round {54th overall} of the 2008 Ontario Hockey League {OHL} Draft by the Barrie Colts.  In his rookie campaign for the Colts, Sgarbossa registered 43 points on 10 goals and 33 assists to go along with 43 penalty minutes in 67 games played.

Avoiding the sophomore slump, Sgarbossa registered 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists in the Colts first 19 games of the 2009-10 season before being traded along with defenseman Ryan O’Conner to the Saginaw Spirit for defensemen Nick Crawford and T.J. Brodie.  Over the course of the next 48 games for the Spirit, Sgarbossa registered 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes.

Prior to the start of the 2010-11 OHL season, Sgarbossa was invited to the Sharks rookie camp and appeared in two of the Sharks three games at the 2010 YoungStars Tournament in Penticton, B.C., from Sept. 12-16.  Sgarbossa finished second overall in scoring for the tournament, registering four points on three goals and one assist, including a hat trick against Edmonton on Sept. 15.

After the YoungStars Tournament, Sgarbossa returned to Saginaw in time for the team’s season opener in Kitchner and continued his hot scoring streak by registering 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists in the Spirits first 26 games.

Unfortunately, Sgarbossa was made expendable when Spirit General Manager Todd Watson traded Sgarbossa and 17-year olds Alex Racino and Frank Schumacher to the Sudbury Wolves for John McFarland and Ben Chiarot in a blockbuster trade on Dec. 9, 2010.

“When I heard about the trade, I was shocked,” said Sgarbossa in an interview with Ben Leeson for a Dec. 2010 Sudbury Star article.  “There hadn’t been any rumors, then they called me in and told me I was going to Sudbury.”

Wolves General Manager and President Blaine Smith told Mackenzie Liddell in a March 2011 article for tsn.daytondailynews.com that Sgarbossa had always been high on the organization’s radar.

“He {Sgarbossa} was always one of those top players that if the opportunity came around we were very interested in trading for him,” said Smith.  “When Saginaw contacted us about John, we made it clear to them that if we’re looking to move a player of his quality, we would certainly be looking for a player like Michael in return.”

After spending two season fighting for ice time on deep teams in Saginaw and Barrie, Sgarbossa flourished as the Wolves go-to-guy by registering 62 points in 37 regular season games {1.68 points per game} on 29 goals and 33 assists.  In addition, Sgarbossa was named OHL Player of the Month for the March after tying for the league lead with 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists in 13 games {eight of which were multi-point games} and recorded a league high plus/minus rating of +15.

“In Saginaw,” I never thought I was playing my role,” said Sgarbossa in Liddell’s article.  “I was more of a two-way defensive player.  When I came here they told me right away what they wanted me to do and I became more of a scorer.”

Score is exactly what Sgarbossa did as he registered 12 points on four goals and eight assists in the Wolves shocking four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference’s second-place team, the Ottawa 67’s, in the first round of the OHL Playoffs, highlighted by a career high six point game with a goal and five assists in an 8-7 overtime win in game one.  Sgarbossa capped the series off with a two-goal effort in the series clinching 5-3 win.

Sgarbossa finished with 14 points on five goals and nine assists in the Wolves eight OHL Playoff games as they were swept out in the second round by the top seeded Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

At the Wolves season ending awards luncheon on April 14, Sgarbossa led all winners with four awards, including the Bill Plaunt Top Scorer award, the Molson Cup three-star award, the Ken Burgess Playoff MVP award and the Most Goals award.

“He gave us that top-line threat and gave us more depth,” said Wolves head coach Trent Cull in an interview with Leeson for an April 2011 Sudbury Star article.  “He fit right into that role really well for us and opened up some room for other guys.  We had hoped he would do well.  That’s why we were enticed by the trade.  But he did exceed our expectations.”

Expected to return to the Wolves for the 2011-12 season, Sgarbossa will be taking his talents on the road this summer along with fellow Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton as they have been invited to the Canadian national junior team’s summer development camp from Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray.

“We are very proud of Michael and wish him success in his pursuit of a roster spot on Team Canada,” said Smith in a team press release.  “Michael is a very dynamic offensive talent and has developed into a very dependable two-way player, as well.  We know Michael will represent himself and the Sudbury Wolves organization very well.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Michael Sgarbossa two-goal game for Saginaw  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Spiritvideoclip”}
In this video clip which has no sound, Sgarbossa scores two goals in a Feb. 6, 2010 game against the Erie Otters.

Michael Sgarbossa shootout goal  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Spiritvideoclip”}
In this video clip, Sgarbossa scores a spectacular shootout goal for the Spirit in a Oct. 9, 2010 game against Guelph.  Sgarbossa’s goal starts at the 2:00 mark of the clip.

Michael Sgarbossa scores against Erie  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Spiritvideoclip”}
In this video clip, Sgarbossa scores for the Spirit in a Nov. 12, 2010, game against the Erie Otters.  Sgarbossa’s goal starts at the 0:40 second mark of the clip.

Michael Sgarbossa scores against Brampton  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Spiritvideoclip”}
In this video clip, Sgarbossa scores a power play goal for the Spirit in a Nov. 18, 2010 game against the Brampton Battalion.  Sgarbossa’s goal starts at the 1:53 mark of the clip.

Michael Sgarbossa scores against Sarnia  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Spiritvideoclip”}
In this video clip, Sgarbossa scores a backhanded goal for the Spirit in a Nov. 19, 2010, game against the Sarnia Sting.  Sgarbossa’s goal starts at the 3:42 mark of the clip.

Michael Sgarbossa scores against Brampton  {Courtesy of YouTube user “battalionmedia”}
In this video clip, Sgarbossa scores a goal for the Sudbury Wolves in a Jan. 23, 2011, game against the Brampton Battalion.  Sgarbossa’s goal starts at the 1:40 mark of the clip.

Michael Sgarbossa’s six-point night against Ottawa  {Courtesy of YouTube user “KeKeKumba”}
Highlights of Sgarbossa’s six point night {one goal, five assists} in game one of the OHL Playoffs against the Ottawa 67’s.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.sudburywolves.com, www.thesudburystar.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, tsn.daytondailynews.com, www.barriecolts.com, www.saginawspirits.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*