The San Jose Sharks announced today that the club has assigned left wing John McCarthy to the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate. McCarthy, 24, has posted four points (2-2=4) in 26 games with San Jose this season. He missed 17 games on Injured Reserve with an upper body injury from Dec. 15 through Jan. 17.
I think he played admirably as well but I think the injury hampered him a bit, and with Eager in the line up McCarthy is expendable. Hopefully he can work on his game in Worcester and he will get another chance next year.
His hockey IQ is leaps and bounds ahead of Mitchell, Seto and McGinn. He also seems to have better playmaking and finishing abilities than TM or Jamie. Hopefully he gets another shot at the big club later in the season or is at least brought up for the playoffs.
IMO, McCarthy is the Nichol replacement down the road. Nichol is getting up there in age. Reasonable speed, good defensive awareness and possibly a bit more offense than Nichol. I doubt that he is ever elevated above the bottom 6 but he doesn't look out of place on the third line.