Logan Couture did the same, making his first jump to Europe and signing with Geneve-Servette.
Also, Tommy Wingels recently signed with a team in Finland called Kookoo.
Martin Havlat recently made some comments, as well, on the current lockout issue.
“We’re not shocked at being called ‘cattle,’” Havlat said. “I can tell you the players have been called a lot worse by some of the guys on the other side. It’s just never been reported publicly. I think it helps that the fans get to hear what we already know. We’re not humans in their eyes; we’re just pieces of meat that get to eat some grass for awhile.”
Havlat is overseas, but has not signed with a team as of yet.
Here is how the Sharks are doing in Europe during the lockout.
As mentioned, Thornton is currently with HC Davos in Switzerland where he has teamed up with friend Rick Nash.
The two players did not waste any time making an impression overseas.
Nash scored a hat trick in the first game the two played for HC Davos, with Thornton tallying four assists that included all three Nash goals.
Thornton also scored his first goal for HC Davos on September 28.
Logan Couture is was one of the first players to sign in Europe after the lockout began and is currently with Geneve-Servette.
According to ESPN.com, he is doing just fine.
"The hockey is pretty good," Couture said. "Some good skill, and the Swiss players can all skate very well."
Couture also met up with Sharks teammate Joe Thornton in a game last week between Geneva and HC Davos.
Couture's Geneva won, continuing its undefeated start to the season.
"It was fun. I honestly didn’t realize how big he was until I played against him," Couture told ESPN.com via email Monday. "Huge man with great skill. Got to talk to him after. He's enjoying it once again!"
In 10 games for Geneve-Servette, Couture has three points and seven assists for 10 points.
Jason Demers may be providing the most production of any Sharks player to head overseas.
He signed with Karpat in the SM-liiga league in Finland and tallied two goals and three points in his first four games, according to RotoWorld.com.
Michal Handzus has not played a game overseas since signing with HC '05 Banksa Bystrica in Slovakia.
According to Pluska.sk, Handzus is dealing with a groin injury, but he has been able to skate and practice in the meantime.
According to the San Jose Mercury News' David Pollak, Douglas Murray has headed overseas.
He signed with Djurgardens in Sweden in late September and has zero points in two games so far.
Although Martin Havlat is in the Czech Republic and expected to play soon, he has yet to sign with a team.
According to Sportsnet.ca, Havlat has not committed to playing overseas yet, but the offers are on the table for him to do so.
According to CSN California's Kevin Kurz, Wingels is headed to Finland to play for Kookoo of the Mestis Hockey League.
T. J Galiardi makes the sixth Sharks player to sign with a team in Europe during the NHL lockout.
Galiardi has signed with the German team Bietigheim Steelers, according to the team website.
Goalie Antti Niemi is the latest Shark to sign overseas during the lockout.
He signed with Pelican Lahti of SM-liiga in Finland in early October.
As expected Joe Pavelski will be heading overseas while the NHL lockout continues.
CSN California's Kevin Kurz is reporting that Pavelski is expected to sign with the KHL's Dinamo Minsk next week.
He would be the seventh Sharks player to sign in Europe during the lockout.
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