Boedker generated a power-play assist in Thursday's 3-2 home win over the Sabres. The Danish speedster is on a two-game points streak after his uninspiring performance in the season opener. He's averaged 15:38 in the early going, which is over a minute more than he garnered over 81 games with Team Teal last season. Expect Boedker to be counted on more heavily now that franchise points leader Patrick Marleau is with Toronto.
Boedker's name is listed as one of the available players for Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports. Boedker didn't live up to the $4 million cap hit during the 2016-17 campaign, but his contract was frontloaded and declines every year over the next three seasons. Vegas would have to weigh whether or not it's worth taking the $4 million cap hit next season with the 27-year-old winger, but given his track record of production, he seems like a name that could be called Wednesday evening.
Boedker contributed a goal and an assist in Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Oilers. Boedker helped San Jose jump out to a 3-1 lead, only to see Edmonton score three unanswered goals to take the contest in overtime. The Danish forward was a difference maker in this one after being scratched in Games 3 and 4 for performance reasons, but his 13:13 of ice time was just one second above Marcus Sorensen's team-low mark. Don't expect a long leash from coach Peter DeBoer with the season on the line in Game 6.
Boedker, who was a healthy scratch for Game 3, stayed on practice ice Monday longer than any of the Sharks' forwards, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. It's been a rough ride for Boedker in his first year as a Shark, perhaps because he's been relegated to a bottom-six role after several successful campaigns dazzling with the Coyotes. He performed reasonably well in 18 games last season (four goals, eight assists) on an Avalanche team that generally lacked playmakers on the wing, and his recent slide seems indicative of a talented skater searching for an identity on a team already chock-full of offensive weapons. The Sharks have yet to decide whether the Dane will suit up for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it likely depends on how much information he absorbed from the extended session Monday.
Boedker is not in the lineup for Game 3 against the Oilers on Sunday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Nothing has been mentioned regarding any type of injury, so he's presumably a healthy scratch. Boedker will step aside to make way for Joe Thornton (knee) to return to the lineup after a five-game absence. He didn't do much in the first two games (no points, two shots, minus-1) of the series despite receiving a sizeable amount of power-play time (over nine minutes combined), but it's still a little surprising to see him take a seat given he played in 81 contests this season. Look for further updates prior to Game 4 on Tuesday regarding the Dane's status.
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