SAN JOSE – Doug Wilson’s arrival at the annual NHL general manager’s meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, has been delayed.
The Sharks general manager’s flight was canceled on Sunday after a seven-hour delay, but Wilson was set to try again on Monday.
It doesn’t seem like Wilson missed all that much on the first day, according to reports, as the big issues were tabled until Tuesday. Video review for goaltender interference and 3-on-3 overtime are among those topics to be discussed, according to Elliotte Friedman.
As for Wilson, after the GM meetings conclude on Wednesday, he’ll head to Worcester for meetings about the AHL’s new Pacific Division that will begin play next season. He’ll also scout some college players in the area before joining the Sharks for the second half of their seven-game road trip, likely in time for their game in Ottawa on March 23.
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One player to monitor for the next few weeks will be Nikolay Goldobin, the Sharks’ first round draft pick in 2014. Appearing later this season in San Jose or AHL Worcester is not out of the question for the 19-year-old, according to Wilson.
Goldobin just finished with 21 points in 38 games with Helsinki of the Finnish SM Liiga. His team just started the playoffs, so he won’t be eligible for reassignment until after the season is complete.
Like San Jose, Worcester is still trying to lock down a playoff position. The AHL Sharks could get plenty of help from San Jose, too, if the big club misses the playoffs.
Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will recently told the Worcester Telegram: "We'll expand our roster, but the guys we bring in, we want them to be able to play and help us win now. That's our goal this year, to win it all, but you will see a few guys, for sure."
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Joe Pavelski has gone dry. The Sharks’ leading scorer, tied for seventh in the NHL with 32 goals, has just one in his last 12 games.
“Could be better. Could be better,” Pavelski said of his game. “Games are tight right now. There’s not a lot of space. But, keep working, getting around the net and trying to make some plays. You can always be better this time of year.”
The 30-year-old forward is still contributing on the scoresheet, though, with nine assists in his last 12 games to go along with the one goal against Montreal on March 2.