Joel Ward RW SJ 6 days ago
Ward score the game-winning goal during a 2-1 victory against the Kings on Sunday.
The fourth-liner barely played, amassing just over 10 minutes on the ice versus the Kings, but he tallied the most important goal of the night. Ward already has three goals this season, but there's no way he will be able to continue his current pace. The 36-year-old is barely averaging 12 minutes per night and he only has eight shots on goal the entire season. That gives him a 37.5 shooting percentage, which would be nearly three times higher than his career norm in the category. While it's nice to see Ward off to a strong start, it's not likely to continue.
Joel Ward RW SJ 2 weeks ago
Ward scored the game-tying goal in Saturday's shootout win over the Ducks.
That's the second goal in the last three outings for Ward, who has been a healthy scratch on several occasions this season. The fourth-liner is seeing very limited minutes and doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective right now. Monitor the situation, however, as Ward is only a couple years removed from a 21-goal season and can be a serviceable depth scorer if he remains in the lineup.
Joel Ward RW SJ 3 weeks ago
Ward played just 9:40 during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Boston.
The 36-year-old veteran winger has only dressed for four of nine games this season and has yet to mark the scoresheet. Ward recorded 21 goals and 43 points two seasons ago in his debut campaign with the Sharks, but unless he climbs the depth chart in short order, those numbers are likely out of reach. He's off the fantasy radar for the time being.
Joel Ward RW SJ 2 months ago
Ward (shoulder) took part in Friday's training camp session, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Ward appears to be ready for the upcoming season after having his shoulder surgically repaired in the offseason -- an ailment that plagued him throughout the 2016-17 campaign. With the winger healthy, he could be tasked with an increased role following the departure of Patrick Marleau. The 36-year-old failed to break the 30-point barrier for the first time since the lockout shortened 2012-13 season last year, which fantasy owners will be hoping was an outlier -- not Ward's new normal.
Joel Ward RW SJ 5 months ago
Ward (shoulder) is on the list of available players for Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports.
The Sharks were willing to gamble on Ward not being selected given his age and the fact that he has just one year remaining on his contract. Some of the other names available to the Golden Knights from San Jose are likely more attractive anyway, so it seems unlikely the 36-year-old winger will see his name as part of the expansion draft Wednesday evening.
Joel Ward RW SJ 6 months ago
Ward played with a minor shoulder injury this season, recently elected to have it surgically repaired, and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News reports.
Ward's shoulder injury might help explain why he had something of a down season in 2016-17. While he's never been a truly prolific scorer, the 36-year-old's 29 points this season represents his lowest total since 2011-12, if you don't count the 2012-13 campaign when he played just 39 games. It's also a massive drop-off from last season when he posted 43 points in only one more game played. Ward will look to rehab and mount a comeback season once training camp opens in the fall.
Joel Ward RW SJ 7 months ago
Ward dished out two helpers in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 win over Edmonton.
Ward's assists came 3:06 apart in the second period. He saw 3:46 of power play time during his team's eight opportunities with the extra man, but all of the veteran winger's production came at even strength. With three points through four games in this series, Ward now has 51 in 81 career postseason appearances.
Joel Ward RW SJ 7 months ago
Ward was a healthy scratch for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Flames, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports.
Ward joins Justin Braun, Logan Couture, Tim Heed, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Joel Ward in the press box as the Sharks are taking no chances with an injury in a meaningless game leading up to the playoffs.
Joel Ward RW SJ 8 months ago
Ward extended his pointless streak to seven games and skated to a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers.
Given Team Teal's high-scoring output, it's a shame that Ward fell on the undesirable side of the plus-minus. He's been a huge liability in the defensive zone, going minus-8 over the scoreless stretch. The Sharks and fantasy owners alike depend on the 36-year-old for special teams contributions, including work on the penalty kill, but he's fading at arguably the worst possible time.
Joel Ward RW SJ 9 months ago
Ward has managed just three points on the power-play so far after a 12-point effort with the man advantage last year.
The lack of production isn't terribly surprising considering his power-play time has been more than chopped in half (1:07 vs. 2:32 last year). Even worse, Ward has found twine just seven times after scoring 21 goals in 2015-16, and his 23 points are well off the pace of the impressive 43 he put up in his first season in NorCal.