The San Jose Sharks have reassigned veteran forward Scott Sabourin to the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. Sabourin was called up two weeks ago by the Sharks and did get into three games during his recall. Sabourin had no points, nine penalty minutes and averaged just over nine minutes of ice time per game. Although he did play during his recall, he has been a healthy scratch the last few games and hasn’t dressed since January 16th. Overall, he dressed in three of the seven games the Sharks played since his recall on January 8th.
Sabourin played just 6:36 in his final game against the Chicago Blackhawks but did have a spirited fight with Blackhawks defenseman Jarred Tinordi after Tinordi had stepped up and hit Sharks teammate Justin Bailey. Tinordi and Sabourin each received five minutes for fighting in what was a battle between two NHL heavyweights.
The 31-year-old Sabourin has been largely a career AHLer as he only has 46 games of NHL experience, the bulk of which came in 2019-20 when Sabourin played for his hometown Ottawa Senators. That year Sabourin had two goals and four assists in 35 games, all of which are career highs.
Sabourin returns to the Barracuda, where he has been able to provide some offense to mix in with his physicality. In 29 AHL games this season, Sabourin has nine goals and four assists along with 92 penalty minutes.