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Yegor Sharangovich’s recent play has been a big spark for the Calgary Flames’ top six
1 month ago
When Tyler Toffoli was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Yegor Sharangovich and a third-round draft pick, it felt as if the return for the team’s leading goal scorer (and the only player that was consistently making an impact offensively under former head coach Darryl Sutter) was a bit disappointing. Scoring 34 goals and registering an additional 39 assists for a total of 73 points in 82 games, only bringing back a solid player and a third-round pick, especially given that Sharangovich was coming off of a rather underwhelming season in terms of his individual production, is a bit confusing from the outside looking in. However, as the 2023-24 season has moved along, Sharangovich has looked much more comfortable in his new environment.
In 40 games played, Sharangovich has registered 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists), which is well on pace to beat his total from last year (30 points in 78 games) and on pace to beat his previous career high, which he set in his second year in the NHL with 46 points in 76 games.
Over his first 20 games in a Flames uniform, Sharangovich wasn’t himself. He showcased his excellent shot on occasion, giving fans a glimpse at what could be, but it appeared as if he was gripping the stick a bit too tight. However, in the most recent 20 games, he has been much better, sitting with 15 points and three multi-point games. Not only do his box score numbers look better, but he appears to be more comfortable with where he’s sitting in the lineup.
Since being put on the top line with Elias Lindholm, there has been a difference in the play of Sharangovich. More recently, he has played with Lindholm and Jonathan Huberdeau, which has made that top line even more threatening, despite the season that Huberdeau is having as a whole.
Here’s a clip that resulted in a chance for Huberdeau, which he wasn’t able to put away but showcases the kind of playmaking ability that Sharangovich has.
And here is a Huberdeau shot that he’s able to convert on that Sharangovich earns an assist on from the smooth passing play from all three forwards on the line.
One of the biggest pieces of the Sharangovich puzzle is his ability to play on the penalty kill, in addition to being an effective player at 5-on-5. The Flames penalty kill has been one of the best in the entire NHL because of how good Sharangovich has been individually. He sits tied for sixth in the NHL in shorthanded goals with two. Blake Coleman is the only player on the Flames ahead of him with four shorthanded tallies.
Here is one of Sharangovich’s two shorthanded goals, a slick backhand roof job against his former team.
The Sharangovich we are seeing at this juncture of the season is not the same one we saw in the early goings. Of course, this Flames team as a whole is performing at a different level, but that’s in part due to the contributions of players like Sharangovich, who are stepping up in multiple facets of the game. He has been a great addition to the top line and the penalty-killing units, and if head coach Ryan Huska continues to use him properly, they’ll be able to extract just as good, if not better, production from him.
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