Letunov cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Letunov likely will be assigned to the taxi squad or AHL San Jose now that he's available. The 24-year-old spent most of his time in the minors last season, accruing 40 points over 50 games.
Letunov is unavailable due to the league's COVID-19 protocols.
Letunov has been held out since Jan. 5 due to undisclosed reasons. The 24-year-old will need to gain clearance in order to return to practice and travel with the team.
Letunov was held out of Tuesday's training camp session for undisclosed reasons, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even if Letunov was fully fit entering training camp, he was likely a fringe option to crack the lineup for Opening Night against Arizona on Jan. 14. If fully fit, the Russian center should be able to at minimum make the taxi squad, though how much game action he'll see this year is certainly questionable.
Letunov signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000 annually with San JoSr on Monday, according to CapFriendly.com.
Letunov enjoyed a strong 2019-20 AHL campaign, racking up 12 goals and 40 points in 50 games. He also appeared in three games with the big club, scoring his first NHL goal Feb. 6. Expect the 24-year-old forward to bounce between the AHL and NHL levels again next season.
The Sharks reassigned Letunov to AHL San Jose on Wednesday.
Letunov was on hand as an insurance policy for Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia, but he didn't end up cracking the lineup for that match. The 24-year-old forward will likely continue to bounce between leagues during the final month of the 2019-20 regular season.
The Sharks recalled Letunov from AHL San Jose on Tuesday.
Letunov and Lean Bergmann will both join the parent club in Philadelphia ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers, giving the Sharks two extra healthy bodies at forward while Logan Couture (ankle) and Melker Karlsson (lower body) battle injuries. If Letunov is active Tuesday, he'll most likely fill a bottom-six role for San Jose.
The Sharks shutled Letunov back to AHL San Jose on Thursday.
Letunov potted his first career NHL goal in just his second contest, but he will retake his spot with the AHL squad after just three games at the top level. The club recalled Noah Gregor to take his place on the active roster.
Letunov potted a goal on two shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Letunov's first NHL goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 7:07 of the second period. The Russian winger has skated in a fourth-line role for the injury-depleted Sharks. Expect him to serve in a similar capacity until the team gets some healthy bodies back.
The Sharks recalled Letunov from AHL San Jose on Saturday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The 2014 second-round pick (54th overall) has been traded twice and has yet to make his NHL debut. He's been productive in the AHL this season, accruing a team-high 30 points through 39 games. The 23-year-old isn't expected to play Saturday versus the Lightning, but he could stick with the big club as forward depth with Tomas Hertl (knee) out for the year and Logan Couture (leg) facing an extended absence.
Letunov secured a one-year, two-way contract extension with San Jose on Thursday that will earn him $700,000 at the NHL level, CapFriendly reports.
Letunov was selected by the team in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft after a three-year career with the University of Connecticut. The center recorded 12 goals and 16 assists in his first professional season with AHL San Jose in 2018-19. The 23-year-old Russian will likely need to spend another year in the minors furthering his development.
San Jose qualified Letunov prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Letunov logged his first season as a pro in 2018-19, notching 12 goals and 28 points in 57 games with AHL San Jose. The 2014 second-round pick will likely get a long look during the Sharks' training camp in September, but he'll probably spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors.
Letunov was one of 14 players recalled from AHL San Jose ahead of Tuesday's preseason clash with Calgary.
None of the 14 promoted players is expected to make the 23-man roster for Opening Night and figure to be returned to the minors in short order. Along with Letunov, the called up players are Manuel Wiederer, Vincent Praplan, Lukas Radil, Alex True, Francis Perron, Jayden Halbgewachs, Noah Gregor, Jonathon Martin, Jacob Middleton, Keaton Middleton, Cavan Fitzgerald, Jeremy Roy and Kyle Wood.
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