Gambrell scored his first NHL goal, but it was the Sharks' only tally in a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Blues in Tuesday's Game 6. The second round pick from 2016 had gone without a goal in his previous 12 NHL games, but slotted into the lineup after injuries to Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski in Game 5. Gambrell produced 20 goals and 45 points with AHL San Jose in 51 regular-season games, as well as a goal and three helpers in four AHL playoff games with the Barracuda.
The Sharks recalled Gambrell from AHL San Jose on Tuesday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Joe Thornton (suspension) won't be available for Tuesday's Game 4 against Vegas, so Gambrell will round out the Sharks' depth down the middle for at least one contest. The 22-year-old went scoreless while averaging just 8:38 of ice time in eight appearances with the big club this campaign.
Gambrell was reassigned to AHL San Jose on Monday. Gambrell was called up to the big club March 29, and has no points in eight games this campaign at the NHL level. The 22-year-old will likely spend the remainder of the season in the minors, and his demotion suggests Joe Pavelski (undisclosed) could be nearing a return.
The Sharks recalled Gambrell from AHL San Jose on Friday. Gambrell will add depth as the Sharks approach back-to-back games beginning Saturday versus the Golden Knights. Through nine NHL games, Gambrell has yet to record a point.
Gambrell was demoted to AHL San Jose on Saturday, TSN reports. Gambrell figures to flip between leagues down the stretch, especially as the Sharks continue to deal with injuries to Joe Pavelski (undisclosed) and Erik Karlsson (groin). Once the playoffs start, the youngster will be hard pressed to get in the lineup and won't see much time on the ice even if he does suit up.
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