Sharks Activate Boedker, Send Down Rookie Defenseman

The San Jose Sharks got a boost to their injured forward group to begin the week. 

The Sharks activated winger Mikkel Boedker from Injured Reserve on Monday. The 28-year-old forward missed the last seven games with an undisclosed injury.

Boedker scored only one point in the 12 games prior to his absence. He's in the second year of a four-year contract he signed last offseason, and is coming off his worst offensive season since 2011-12. 

His return, as well as Joonas Donskoi's last week, gets the Sharks a bit closer to full strength up front. Barclay Goodrow remains on Injured Reserve, while Logan Couture left San Jose's loss on Saturday with a head injury, and will not play Monday. 

In a corresponding move, the Sharks sent rookie defenseman Joakim Ryan down to the AHL's San Jose Barracuda. Ryan played 24 games in his first stint with the Sharks, but has not played since December 7. 

Ryan's demotion opens up a spot on the Sharks blueline for Paul Martin, who remains on a two-week conditioning assignment with the Barracuda. The 36-year-old has one assist in four games during his AHL stint. 

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