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ST. PAUL – Barclay Goodrow has been at the Xcel Energy Center before. It’s an experience that wasn’t very pleasant.
“It’s kind of ironic being in this building. I was at the draft here in 2011 and sat through the whole draft without getting drafted. It’s kind of cool to be back in this building, and this time it’s for a lot better reason,” Goodrow said after the Sharks practiced in Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon.
Goodrow, 21, could make his NHL debut on Thursday against the Wild. Coach Todd McLellan called him “an option” after Goodrow was activated prior to Tuesday’s game in Colorado.
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Goodrow's left hand is still wrapped up after he blocked a shot in the Sharks’ final preseason game on Oct. 4, but the extra protection isn’t restrictive.
McLellan will make a decision on Goodrow on Thursday.
“I want this young man to be able to be in a situation where he can have success and feel good about his game,” McLellan said.
“I think it’s really important to start your NHL career with that type of opportunity, versus chasing the game a little bit. We’ll have to make some decisions. There’s no doubt in my mind that he has the ability, skill and size to play in the league.”
Goodrow signed as an undrafted free agent with the Sharks in March. He attended no fewer than four other NHL development camps in his career – Carolina, the Rangers, Los Angeles and Detroit – before joining the Sharks.
“I’m looking forward to finally getting my name called in the lineup,” he said.
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How much of a weight has been lifted off of the Sharks’ shoulders after two strong wins against Anaheim and Colorado?
Joe Pavelski said: “It’s amazing when you win a game or two and play the right way, and play hard, and everyone is contributing, how much better you feel about yourselves.”
The Sharks can make it a perfect 3-0 road trip with a win over the Wild. Unlike their last road trip on the East Coast, the team has had the benefit of a day off between each game.
“The days in-between are nice,” Logan Couture said. “No back-to-backs is always nice.”
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Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at Wednesday’s practice, typically an indicator he’ll start the next day.
Scott Hannan did not practice for reasons that weren’t immediately clear.