Vlasic has recorded one assist to counter a minus-2 rating through four games this season. It's not the best of starts for the man they call "Pickles," but the Sharks have only one win and a minus-6 goal differential so far, suggesting that this is more of a systematic problem. Expect head coach Peter DeBoer to do whatever it takes to get Vlasic back on track, though, as Team Teal invested serious money in the Canadian rearguard this summer -- he landed an eight-year, $56 million extension.
Vlasic inked an eight-year, $56 million contract extension with the Sharks on Saturday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Vlasic has contributed consistently for the Sharks since making his way to the NHL in 2006-07. With just one year remaining on his previous deal with San Jose, the club opted to keep him off the free-agent market next season by signing the 30-year-old blueliner to a massive extension. The deal will keep him in San Jose through the 2024-25 season, potentially making him a lifetime Shark.
Vlasic will join Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Vlasic not only saw a dip in production -- 28 points this season compared to 39 in 2015-16 -- but saw nearly two minutes less of ice time versus last year. The 30-year-old registered three helpers -- two of which came on the power play -- during the playoffs, but couldn't help his team avoid a first-round exit.
Vlasic picked up a pair of assists with a plus-1 rating, three blocked shots and a minor penalty in Game 1 against the Oilers on Wednesday. Vlasic posted a goal with 11 assists and a plus-14 rating in 24 playoff games last season, and he's off to a great start in the postseason this time around. While he managed just 28 points in the regular season, Vlasic seems to elevate his game in the playoffs. Consider him a nice mid-tier DFS value heading into Game 2 against the Oilers.
Vlasic flicked the puck into the cage Friday, but the Sharks were ultimately handed a 5-2 road loss by the Flames. That was the sixth goal of the season for Pickles, who is suddenly hot with a point in three straight contests. Vlasic does carry modest offensive utility with power-play time to boot (approximately two minutes per game), but he's primarily been paired up with Justin Braun and not the venerable scoring machine named Brent Burns, who has amassed 73 points this season.
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