After being waived, trio of forwards remain in San Jose Sharks organization

Forwards Oskar Lindblom, Ryan Carpenter, and Jacob Peterson all cleared NHL waivers Saturday and will now report to the San Jose Barracuda

Forwards Oskar Lindblom, Ryan Carpenter, and Jacob Peterson all cleared NHL waivers on Saturday and will now report to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.

The Sharks waived Lindblom, Carpenter, and Peterson on Friday, giving other NHL teams the opportunity to make a claim for one or more of them and potentially add them to their rosters. The trio now joins a Barracuda team that begins its regular season next Friday at home against the Rockford IceHogs, with the 31 other NHL teams having passed.

The Barracuda also has an exhibition game tonight against the Bakersfield Condors, but Lindblom, Carpenter, and Peterson will be absent.

At the very least, by keeping all three in San Jose, the Sharks now have more organizational depth up front if injuries begin to affect the NHL club.

Because of his production last season and relatively low salary cap hit, Peterson may have been the most likely of the three forwards to be claimed.

On March 3, the Sharks acquired Peterson, 24, from the Dallas Stars in exchange for center Scott Reedy, San Jose’s fourth-round draft pick in 2017. Peterson had two goals and six assists in 11 games with the Sharks from March 23 to April 13, averaging just under 18 minutes of ice time per game. In 77 NHL games, he has 25 points.

Peterson’s spot on the Sharks’ roster for the start of this season, however, was far from guaranteed following the team’s offseason makeover, which included the addition of Mikael Granlund, Mike Hoffman, Anthony Duclair, Filip Zadina, and Givani Smith.

According to CapFriendly, Peterson’s NHL salary this season is $775,000, and his AHL salary is $375,000. Carpenter’s contract stipulates that he will earn $400,000 in the AHL and $775,000 in the NHL.

Lindblom will earn $2.5 million this season regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or AHL. Lindblom’s cap hit to the Sharks is reduced to $1.35 million by being in the AHL.

Lindblom, Carpenter, and Peterson were all waived by the Sharks after they decided to keep William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau on the active roster. Lindblom, Carpenter, and Peterson were held scoreless in preseason games, while Eklund and Bordeleau each had three points and two goals in four games.

The Sharks open the season at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

NOTE: The Sharks assigned winger Quentin Musty to the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves on Friday. Musty, who was drafted 26th overall by the Sharks in June, missed most of camp and only played in one preseason game.

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