Balcers signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Balcers drew into 41 games in his first year with the Sharks in 2020-21, picking up eight goals, 17 points, 66 shots and 81 hits over that span. The 24-year-old forward should continue to produce similarly while skating in a middle-six role over the next two seasons.
Balcers scored a goal on two shots and added three hits in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Balcers carried a five-game point drought into Saturday's contest. He ended it with a tally at 6:44 of the first period. The Latvian winger is up to eight goals and 17 points in 40 contests, all of which are career-high marks. He's added 63 shots on net, 79 hits and a minus-5 rating this season.
Balcers scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
Balcers' first-period tally gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. The 24-year-old winger has career highs in goals (seven) and points (16) through just 34 appearances this season. He's added 59 shots on net, 68 hits and a plus-1 rating while mainly working in a middle-six role.
Balcers notched an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
Balcers set up Brent Burns' first-period tally, but the Wild scored five times before the Sharks' next goal. The 24-year-old Balcers has 14 points in 29 games, matching his career high from the 2018-19 campaign, which took 36 contests to accrue. The Latvian winger has added 55 shots on net, 51 hits and an even plus-minus rating in a middle-six role.
Balcers scored a goal on five shots and added four hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Kings.
The Kings struck first Friday, but Balcers' tally gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead to take into the first intermission. His goal stood as the game-winner. The 24-year-old Latvian has six goals, seven assists, 45 shots on net, 37 hits and an even plus-minus rating through 24 appearances in his first year with the Sharks. He's settled into a fairly productive second-line role.
Balcers scored an empty-net goal, dished two assists and went plus-3 in Friday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Balcers, Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier combined for six points as the Sharks' second line dominated Friday's game. The 23-year-old Balcers has been solid in his time as a top-six option with 12 points, 35 shots on net and 30 hits through 21 contests. The trio has some obvious chemistry, which could boost Balcers' value in daily formats.
Balcers scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Balcers tallied the opening goal at 4:41 of the second period. The 23-year-old winger has picked up nine points, 33 shots on net and 30 hits through 20 contests this season. Balcers is holding a second-line role alongside Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier, which could earn him fantasy interest in deeper formats.
Balcers scored a goal on three shots and added five hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Balcers scored at 2:14 of the second period, and the Sharks never trailed in the contest. The 23-year-old has played in the last two games after missing five of the last six contests. The Latvian winger is up to eight points, 23 shots, 27 hits and a minus-3 rating in 16 appearances for the Sharks since he was claimed on waivers from the Senators in January.
Balcers (upper body) will play in Monday's game versus the Kings, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Balcers is back in action after missing the last three games. The 23-year-old winger will skate on the third line with Dylan Gambrell and Marcus Sorenson. He's recorded seven points through 14 appearances this year.
Balcers (upper body) won't play Friday versus St. Louis, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Balcers will miss a second straight game Friday and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return. The Sharks should release another update on the 23-year-old winger's status whenever he's given the green light to rejoin the lineup.
Balcers (upper body) won't play Wednesday versus Vegas, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
With Balcers unavailable, John Leonard will draw into the lineup against the Golden Knights. Balcers will be reevaluated ahead of Friday's game versus St. Louis.
Balcers (undisclosed) didn't practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's game versus Vegas, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Balcers evidently suffered an injury in the second period of Monday's loss to the Golden Knights. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 23-year-old winger end up being a game-time call for Wednesday's rematch with Vegas.
Balcers (undisclosed) had two hits in 13:42 of ice time during Monday's 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Balcers missed two games with the injury, but he returned to a second-line role alongside Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier. That's not a guaranteed role for Balcers, who has seven points, 18 shots on net, 21 hits and a minus-3 rating through 14 appearances this year. He'll continue to compete with Ryan Donato for a role on a scoring line, but consider Balcers as the one with the advantage for now.
Balcers (undisclosed) will play in Monday's game versus the Golden Knights, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Balcers missed the last two games, but he'll slot into a second-line role next to Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier on Monday. The 23-year-old Balcers has flashed his offensive upside this season, providing two goals and five assists through 13 games.
Balcers (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Ducks, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
It sounds like Balcers is closing in on a return, but head coach Bob Boughner wants to make sure the 23-year-old winger is all square before returning to the lineup. Balcers was impressive before this injury, recording two goals and five assists across 13 NHL games this season.
Balcers (undisclosed) will not be available for Friday's matchup with Anaheim, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Balcers has been hot with seven points over his last 11 games. The 23-year-old winger will be replaced in the lineup Friday by Fredrik Handemark. Balcers will be questionable for Saturday's rematch with the Ducks.
Balcers (undisclosed) will be a game-time call Friday against Anaheim, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
According to coach Bob Boughner, Balcers is a little "nicked up," so the forward's status against the Ducks likely won't be determined until the Sharks take the ice for pregame warmups. Balcers has notched seven points in 13 games this season.
Balcers scored a goal and registered an assist in Monday's 6-2 win over the Avalanche.
Balcers is on a four-game point streak with two goals and three helpers in that span. The Latvian winger has staked out a second-line role with the Sharks, posting six points, 12 hits, 11 shots on net and a minus-2 rating through nine contests. Balcers probably can't keep this production going long term, but he's worth a look in deeper formats while he's hot.
Balcers posted an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Blues.
Balcers got the puck to Timo Meier on the opening shift, and Meier's deflected shot went in just 17 seconds into the game. After that, it was a relatively quiet performance from Balcers. He has four points, 10 shots on net and 12 hits through eight games with the Sharks -- that's a solid pace that roughly matches his second-line usage.
Balcers produced an assist, four shots on goal and two hits in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Wild.
In his last five games, Balcers has a goal and two helpers. He's settled into a middle-six role for the Sharks, so there should be plenty of chances for him to contribute. The Latvian winger has already matched his NHL-level offense from last year -- he had 14 points in 36 games with the Senators as a rookie in 2018-19 as well.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/12||vs LV||L 0-6||0||0||0||-1||18:37|
|05/08||vs ARI||L 4-5 (OT)||1||0||1||+1||17:19|
|05/07||vs ARI||L 2-5||0||0||0||-1||15:23|
|05/05||vs COL||W 3-2||0||0||0||0||15:27|
|05/03||vs COL||L 4-5 (OT)||0||0||0||-2||19:31|
|05/01||@ COL||L 3-4||0||0||0||-4||12:19|
|04/30||@ COL||L 0-3||0||0||0||0||13:53|
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