Ryan Carpenter, who played forward for the Falcons from 2011-2014, received his first call-up from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 11, 2015
Carpenter, a 6’1″ 180 pound skater from Oviedo, Florida, signed with the Sharks organization after the 2013-2014 season. Carpenter was known for his offensive prowess at Bowling Green as he accounted for 37 goals and 44 assists in 100 games played for the Falcons.
Carpenter leads the San Jose Barracuda (the Sharks’ AHL affiliate) with 18 points (2-16) in 20 games played this season.
“He’s earned the right to be up here (NHL) with how he’s played down there (AHL),” Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said Friday. “He was a guy we liked out of training camp…he went down there (AHL), worked hard, got his game back, and he’s the right guy to come up.”
Carpenter is expected to be in the lineup tonight as the Sharks host the Minnesota Wild at 10:30 pm (Eastern).
He joins Andrew Hammond (Ottawa Senators) and Kevin Bieksa (Anaheim Ducks) as the other former Falcons currently playing in the NHL.