YSE Alumni Barclay Goodrow and Chris Tierney named to San Jose Sharks opening day roster
With all 30 NHL teams making their final cuts before the regular season opens on Wednesday, two former YSE players will be on one team's opening day roster. We here at YSE would like to congratulate both Barclay Goodrow (93) and Chris Tierney (94) for making the Sharks roster out of training camp. While they both played for the Express in separate years, Goodrow and Tierney have seen each other plenty of times during their OHL tenure. Here's a little bit of background info on our two graduates. Good luck this season boys!Barclay Goodrow:
Standing at 6'2, Barclay Goodrow uses his height and his skill to intimidate his opponents on the ice. The now 21 year old played in 71 games for the Express AAA club during the 2008-2009 season where he recorded an outstanding 67 goals and 47 assists for a grand total of 114 points putting him 2nd in the league in scoring. His strong performance with the Express propelled him to a 1st round draft selection (17th overall) in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Brampton Battalion who have since re-located to North Bay. In his rookie season, Goodrow recorded 19 points in 63 games. Barclay also was a member of the silver medal winning U17 Canada team during that same season. Barclay went on to play 5 seasons with the Battalion eventually taking on a leadership role as their captain in his final season in 2013-2014. Barclay went un-drafted during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft but made sure to keep at his hard work. He attended the Carolina Hurricanes prospect development camp prior to the 2011-2012 NHL season but left without a contract. This past off-season the San Jose Sharks scouts picked up on the much improved player Goodrow had become and signed him to an Entry Level Contract on March 6th 2014. Some career highlights include a sliver medal in the U17 World Hockey Championship and recording 14 goals in the OHL playoffs in 2014. Goodrow impressed the Sharks coaching staff this pre-season where he recorded 3 goals and an assist.
YSE Alumni Barclay Goodrow (middle) and Chris Tierney (left) celebrate a pre-season goal with new teammate Nikolay Goldobin (right)
Photo by Lance Iversen - USA TODAY Sports
Like his new teammate in Barclay Goodrow, Chris Tierney also uses his height to his advantage. At 6'1, Chris isn't necessarily the tallest on the ice but isn't the smallest either. Tierney recorded 90 points in 57 games for the Express in 2009-2010. His strong season led to him being drafted by the London Knights in the 1st round (19th overall) in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. While Chris struggled in his first season with the Knights recording a mere 11 points in 47 games, he started the 2011-2012 season with a fresh slate and showed signs of the player he was during his time with the Express. Tierney recorded a much improved 34 points in 65 games in his sophomore season and was a +25 compared to the -10 he was in his rookie season. During the Knights run to the Memorial Cup Final that season, Chris recorded 7 points in 19 playoff games as London would go on to win the Memorial Cup. His strong performance grabbed the attention of NHL scouts and sure enough, Chris was drafted in the 2nd round (55th overall) by the San Jose Sharks that off-season. Tierney spent two more seasons with the Knights, where he was part of Knights Memorial Cup Championship team in 2012/2013. Prior to the 2013/2014 season, Chris was named team captain of the Knights where he recorded 89 points in 67 games.
Good luck boys! We'll be rooting for you!