After Brian Wiseman was originally announced as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders for the upcoming season, the team eventually decided that he would not be joining the team. Now, the veteran coach has found a new gig, as he will join David Quinn’s staff with the San Jose Sharks as an assistant.
He isn’t the only one joining the Sharks today though. The team has also named Stephane Leblanc its director of CHL scouting, and added Tommy Wingels and Luca Sbisa as development coaches.
Wingels, 34, played parts of seven seasons with the Sharks to start his NHL career, after working his way up from the sixth round of the 2008 draft. The hard-working forward managed to set a career-high with 16 goals and 38 points in 2013-14, though that kind of production wouldn’t last long. His last season in the NHL was 2017-18, before playing a pair of years overseas.
Sbisa meanwhile never did play for the Sharks, but he certainly faced them many times. A veteran of 549 regular season games, most of them in the Pacific Division, the 32-year-old saw just one game in the 2020-21 season before failing to play at all in 2021-22. Retirement will bring him to the Sharks staff, where he can pass on some of the tricks that made him a first-round pick in 2008.