Following a healthy scratch in the Sharks’ 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Antti Suomela rejoined the Sharks’ lineup in Tuesday’s regulation win against Minnesota. However, when he returned, he was centring San Jose’s fourth line— a demotion to make room for Joe Thornton’s official debut as the third line centre. Suomela spent the game flanked by Rourke Chartier and Melker Karlsson, to which my reaction was one of gritted teeth.
We know the basics about recent Sharks addition Antti Suomela. He lead last year’s Liiga in scoring with JYP Jyväskylä, but after San Jose beat numerous other teams to sign this undrafted free agent, what exactly can he contribute to the squad?