Three things to know: DeBoer puts Sharks ‘on notice’ with roster move imminent

San Jose Sharks left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) is checked into the boards by Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN JOSE — Mikkel Boedker is hitting the reset button so often it probably needs some new electrical wiring. He’s hoping it still has enough juice midway through his second season with the Sharks to get his career back on track.

Boedker will return to the Sharks lineup for Saturday’s home game against the Arizona Coyotes (10-28-6) after serving as a healthy scratch in the team’s final contest before the bye week on Jan. 7.

After a turbulent first season in San Jose last winter, Boedker entered training camp determined to produce a bounce back year by playing a hard inside game modeled after that of captain Joe Pavelski. But the Danish forward admits that he isn’t hitting his mark, stuck at nine points in 32 games heading into the 41st game of the season

“I’ve got to get more to the net,” Boedker said. “So far, I think I could have done a little bit better, but it’s a progression.

“It’s still coming. I work hard 100 percent every day to make it work. You’ve just got to keep pounding away at it. Eventually, there’s going to be an opening.”

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At this point, the fan base isn’t convinced that a breakthrough with the Sharks (21-13-6) is coming.

After signing a four-year, $16 million contract with the Sharks in July 2016, the Danish forward spent his first season in San Jose moving in and out of head coach Pete DeBoer’s doghouse. He eventually served as a healthy scratch twice in the Sharks six-game Stanley Cup playoff series with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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