Middleton was redirected to AHL San Jose on Saturday. The Baby Sharks are circling around a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs, so the fringe defenseman presumably will play down at the secondary hockey level for the foreseeable future. Middleton recorded his first NHL point with a helper in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Oilers.
Middleton recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers. It took the 23-year-old blueliner three games at the NHL level to etch his name on the scoresheet. He's mostly been used as depth and insurance for injuries this season, and now he's getting a chance to make an impact while the Sharks take a cautious approach with bigger-name players ahead of the playoffs. Middleton is a seventh-round pick from 2014, so it's not extremely likely for him to see much action in the playoffs, especially if Erik Karlsson (groin) is healthy.
Middleton, who has been recalled from AHL San Jose, will draw into the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Middleton has been solid in the minors this season, notching 19 points while posting a respectable plus-14 rating in 54 games. The 23-year-old is expected to slot into a prominent role Tuesday, skating with Brent Burns on the Sharks' top pairing against Vancouver.
Middleton was sent to AHL San Jose on Sunday. Middleton did not appear in a game during his most recent stint with the big club. The 23-year-old blueliner will head back to the minors, where he has 19 points in 54 games this season.
Middleton was recalled from AHL San Jose on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Middleton has been up and down with the big club this campaign, suiting up in just one game, recording just 5:02 of ice time. With the Sharks pretty much locked into the second position in their division, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 23-year-old draw into the lineup for Saturday's home game against Vegas.
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