This week’s “Scan-It” is San Jose Sharks RW Devin Setoguchi. With 5 goals and 5 assists through 11 games this season, he’s starting to show why he was the 8th overall pick in the 2005 entry draft. Setoguchi is known primarily for his howitzer-like shooting skills, which complements the precise passes of former assists champ Joe Thornton very nicely. Setoguchi has replaced Jonathan Cheechoo on the Sharks top line, skating beside Thornton and Patrick Marleau, boding well for his future.
Heck, put Wade Belak on a line with those two and he might put up 20 goals. Maybe.
On a different note, Steven Stamkos seems to have finally emerged from his ever-hyped shell, quieting the critics, at least for the time being. He followed up his first NHL point against the Leafs on Tuesday, with a pair of goals and an assist against the Sabres Thursday. Stamkos’ ice-time has gone up somewhat since reports surfaced last week that GM Brian Lawton requested that head coach Barry Melrose increase his playing time. More importantly, he’s getting time on the power play alongside captain Vincent Lecavalier.