The San Jose Sharks use their farm system, the Worcester Sharks, like no other team. It seems as though players are called up and sent down on a routine basis.
This can put a toll on players, who despise the long flight to the East Coast.
However, the Sharks do have some young talent in Worcester, some of them who have already played in an NHL game. These players may the secret weapon for the Sharks down the stretch, or at the very least, contribute positively to the club.
An example would be Benn Ferriero, who scored the game-winning goal against Detroit in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals in last season's playoffs. He was a frequent traveler between the San Jose and the Worcester Sharks during the regular season, and scored the goal in his first career playoff game.
Here's to the hope that there will be other players from Worcester who contribute just as positively as Ferriero down the stretch for the San Jose Sharks.