Why Bob Boughner uses Barclay Goodrow as an example to Sharks hopefuls

The Sharks’ game Friday with the New York Rangers will be their first against Barclay Goodrow since they traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Feb. 2020.

It’s not a stretch to say the trade changed Goodrow’s life. He won two Stanley Cup championships with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021 before he signed a six-year, $21.85 million contract with the Rangers in July as an unrestricted free agent.

Goodrow, of course, is best remembered in San Jose for his overtime goal for the Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series in 2019.

Kevin Labanc, who played with Goodrow when he first joined the Sharks’ organization in 2016, sent Goodrow a text message after he signed the contract and was happy to see him get rewarded for his hard work.

“My first year here, I was with him and he played that leadership role,” Labanc said of his time with the Barracuda five years ago. “He was the veteran and he kind of explained to me how things go. He was a great leader back then, and he’s a great leader now and he deserves every penny that he got.”

Sharks coach Bob Boughner said he uses Goodrow as an example to some of the players that are in the AHL now.

Goodrow played most of his first season as a professional with the Sharks – probably before he was ready to become a full-time NHL player – in 2014-15. He spent most of the next two seasons with the Barracuda, honing his game before he cracked the Sharks’ roster out of training camp before the 2017-18 season. He hasn’t played in the AHL since.

“He took the hard road to get here,” Boughner said of Goodrow. “He had some early success and then he got sent back down to the minors. It’s happened a few of our guys this year.

“We talked about Noah Gregor and Johnny Leonard and these guys, and we sit down we talk about the Barclay Goodrows of the world. How he went down and just worked hard and was trying to be the best player down in the Barracuda. He gets a shot back and it just took him a while.

“Barclay was a goal scorer in (the OHL) for North Bay. A lot of the guys you see playing third or fourth lines this league, it takes a few years to figure out how to stick around and how to be that consistent player. That was Barclay. What he did, he figured out what he needs to do as a pro to stick around, now he’s a two-time Stanley Cup champ.”

The Sharks in the Feb. 2020 deal also sent a 2020 third-round draft pick to the Lightning, who chose winger Maxim Groshev, who remains in the KHL in Russia. The Sharks used the first-round pick they received from Tampa Bay to select center Ozzy Wiesblatt, who has 14 points in 19 games for Prince Albert of the WHL. Wiesblatt will turn 20 in March and turn pro next season.

Goodrow had nine points in 21 games for the Rangers before Friday.

“It’s going be nice to be on the ice against him,” Sharks winger Timo Meier said. “He’s a hard-working guy and he’s had a lot of success, so nice to see that he did so well.”

ROSTER UPDATE: The Sharks only have 12 available forwards Friday night for their game with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Jonah Gadjovich was injured in the first period of Thursday’s game with the New York Islanders and Andrew Cogliano remains away from the Sharks as he attends to a personal matter.

Boughner said that X-rays on Gadjovich’s ankle were negative and that the forward is considered day-to-day, although Gadjovich is presently in a walking boot.

Boughner also said that Cogliano, who has missed the last two games, will be available Sunday when the Sharks finish their five-game road trip against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cogliano was flying into Ohio today, Boughner said.

With Gadjovich out, Lane Pederson will dress against the Rangers. Pederson played Sunday in Chicago after he missed eight games with an injury.

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