New faces in Sharks lineup heading into the weekend

New faces in Sharks’ lineup heading into the weekend                                                                        
By Matt Collamer
With forwards Chris Tierney and Daniil Tarasov currently playing with San Jose and Jeremy Langlois out after suffering a foot injury, the Sharks have some fresh faces in the lineup.
In addition, San Jose recalled defenseman Dylan DeMelo (4-11-15), who has 15 points in 45 games with Worcester this season. Five ECHL players have been reassigned to the Sharks, as they hope to continue their winning ways with these roster changes.
Forward Rylan Schwartz has been reassigned to the Worcester Sharks from the Allen Americans of the ECHL, where the 25-year-old Saskatchewan native racked up 26 points in 22 games with the Americans. During the 2012-2013 season, Rylan led the NCAA with 53 points in his senior year playing for the Colorado College Tigers.
Schwartz accumulated 18 points in 73 games with Worcester last season and 5 points in 19 games played with Worcester during the first half of this season. On November 5th,he had a shorthanded assist for the game-winning goal scored by Ryan Carpenter to lift the Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
In his second season playing professional hockey, the 6-1, 190-pound forward Chris Crane was reassigned to the Worcester Sharks from the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL. The 24-year-old West Chester, Ohio native has 19 points in 37 games with the Mavericks this season and was named to the ECHL All-Star team, as he fired 5 shots in the ECHL All-Star victory.
Before making his AHL debut with the Sharks in April 2013, Crane had 43 points in three seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Crane, who was a seventh round draft pick for San Jose in the 2010 NHL Draft, has appeared in 11 games with Worcester since the 2012-2013 season.
The 6-4, 235-pound defenseman Kyle Bigos was also reassigned from the ECHL, where he played for the Ontario Reign. In 30 games with Ontario this season, Bigos racked up 10 points and 67 penalty minutes. The 25-year-old grew up in southern California and played his college hockey for Merrimack College from 2009-2013. During his time in Merrimack, he consistently led the team and the league in penalty minutes and was named a HockeyEast Top Performer all four years of his college career.
Bigos was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL Draft and was traded to the Shark’s organization in 2013. He played with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for the majority of the 2013-2014 season, but made his AHL debut on March 15th 2014 in a 4-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bigos’ aggressiveness could prove to be a solid addition to the Sharks, who look to extend their current hot streak.
Defenseman Nick Jones is back in Worcester, splitting his time with the Sharks and the Indy Fuel of ECHL this season. Prior to his professional hockey debut last season with the Sharks, the 24-year-old from Pennsylvania was a standout in the Atlantic Hockey League (AHA), where he was awarded the AHA Defenseman of the Year accolade in the 2013-2014 season during senior year with Mercyhurst University. Jones had 11 points in 22 games with the Indy Fuel. In 13 games with the Sharks this season, Jones has two assists, and has not had a minus game this season for Worcester.
After signing a PTO contract on February 3rd, Ontario native Trevor Parkes impressed Worcester with his play in three games, which led to him signing a Standard Player Contract for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. In 33 games with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors this season, the 6-2, 200-pound right winger has piled up 33 points. In the last two seasons, he spent time with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he was teammates with current Sharks’ winger and Willie Coetzee.
Worcester (25-17-3-2, 55 pts) went 10-2-0-1 in January and are 2-1-0-0 thus far in February, putting them in the 2nd spot in the Atlantic Division and 7th overall in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sharks look to maintain their playoff spot with the new faces in their lineup

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