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15 James Sheppard LW
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 4/25/1988 | Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Team: San Jose Sharks | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $825,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
SJ

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7/8/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Re-Ups Contract With Sharks

News: James Sheppard has signed a one-year, 1.3 million contract with the Sharks.
Analysis: James Sheppard had his struggles last year, but ended the season on a strong note with three goals and 11 assists in the final 24 games of the season. He also registered two goals and four assists through seven playoff games. He is starting to show signs of the potential he's had flashes of throughout his career.

7/1/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Likely To Remain Shark

News: James Sheppard was among the restricted free agents to whom the Sharks gave qualifying offers on Monday.
Analysis: That means James Sheppard is likely to re-sign. The Sharks have to be be hoping they'll be getting the Sheppard who scored two goals and four assists in the playoffs, not the one who had one assist and no goals through all of November and December.

4/29/2014

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James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Continues Late-Season Surge

News: James Sheppard scored the lone San Jose goal in a 4-1 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Analysis: James Sheppard, who had played 17 playoff games prior to this season, has recorded his first postseason points starting earlier in this playoff campaign and has been one of San Jose's most important deep threats. He has two goals and three assists through six games.

4/25/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Scores First Playoff Goal

News: James Sheppard had a goal on one of two shots in Thursday's loss to LA.
Analysis: James Sheppard's surge continues. He's got a goal and three assists in the series so far.

4/21/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ Sheppard Continues Surge For Sharks

James Sheppard

Sheppard Continues Surge For Sharks

News: James Sheppard had an assist, three shots and a plus-2 rating in just 11:07 of playing time in Sunday's Game 2 win over Los Angeles.
Analysis: James Sheppard, who had been playing third line center throughout his late season surge, was moved back to wing mid-game when coach Todd McLellan returned Joe Pavelski to his previous third-line-center role. Sheppard is strongest on wing, and he has the potential for a lot more production with a 40-goal scorer centering his line. He's playing well already, so if the move sticks, it could be an upgrade for Shep.

4/18/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ Sheppard Continues To Be A Factor For Sharks

James Sheppard

Sheppard Continues To Be A Factor For Sharks

News: James Sheppard had two assists, two penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating in Thursday's Game 1 win over Los Angeles.
Analysis: James Sheppard ended the season as hot as he's been since coming to the Sharks after the 2009-10 season. He proved on Thursday that his production might not be a fluke. In 17 previous postseason tilts he had just one assist and no goals.

3/30/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard In Midst Of Offensive Explosion

News: James Sheppard had an assist and five shots through 14:34 of ice time in Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Analysis: James Sheppard, after struggling much of the season, has exploded since the start of February. In the last 18 games he has three goals and 11 assists.

3/28/2014

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James Sheppard

Sheppard's Hot Streak Continues For Sharks

News: James Sheppard played a paltry 10:56 Thursday, but grabbed two assists and two penalty minutes in a loss to the Jets.
Analysis: James Sheppard's been playing his best hockey lately, collecting three goals and 10 assists in his last 17 games. In his first 43 games this season, he collected just a goal and five assists.

3/24/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Grabs Sharks' Only Goal In Loss

News: James Sheppard scored on one of two shots through 17:08 of ice time in Monday's shootout loss to Calgary.
Analysis: James Sheppard now has goals in back-to-back games. In the last 15 games, he's got three goals and eight assists, which accounts for the bulk of his four goals and 13 assists through 58 games this season. While he's riding this hot streak, he's worth a late-season look.

3/23/2014

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James Sheppard

Sheppard Continues Spate Of Strong Play For Sharks

News: James Sheppard tallied a goal, a plus-1 rating, two shots, and two blocked shots in Saturday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: Shep has come alive and is suddenly a lock for ice time and is getting points across categories. Since February 5 he has two goals, nine assists, and a plus-8 rating over 14 games. Not bad for a forward who had one goal and four assists in his previous 43 games this season.

3/21/2014

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James Sheppard

Sheppard Very Physical In Sharks' Win

News: James Sheppard went minus-1 with no points in Thursday's win over Anaheim, but did lay a whopping eight hits during the game.
Analysis: It was a lost night for James Sheppard owners except in leagues that count hits. But he played solid minutes -- 16:12 -- and you have to love the physical play he's been exhibiting since solidifying a place in the lineup.

3/14/2014

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James Sheppard

Sheppard Active In San Jose Win

News: James Sheppard assisted on two of San Jose's four goals in Friday's 4-3 win over the Islanders.
Analysis: James Sheppard added two assists in the team's win over Toronto earlier in the week but has remained relatively quiet offensively this season with 15 points in 53 games.

3/12/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Continues To Find His Game

News: James Sheppard added two assists in a win over Toronto on Tuesday.
Analysis: Since the offense in San Jose got healthy for the first time all season, James Sheppard has been finding his game. Maybe some healthy competition is just what the doctor ordered. He has two goals and 11 assists on the season, with a goal and six assists coming over his last eight games.

3/5/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ Sharks' Sheppard Extends Point Streak To Five

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Extends Point Streak To Five

News: James Sheppard had an assist in an OT loss on Tuesday.
Analysis: That makes five straight games with a point for James Sheppard. He's turning it on just as the offense is getting healthy and forwards have to battle for ice time. Sheppard has always had the potential to produce offensively, so maybe he's just finding his game. Or maybe the other shoe will drop soon.

3/3/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard On Four-Game Point Streak

News: James Sheppard had an assist and was plus-1 through 11:16 of ice time in Sunday's win over New Jersey.
Analysis: You think James Sheppard might be riding the pine for a while, and then he goes and gets a goal and assist in two games since being scratched. With a few scratches in between games, he's managed to string together a four-game point streak and is suddenly looking like he might be suiting up more often than you might have guessed with the offense healthy for the first time all year.

2/28/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

San Jose's Sheppard Scores In Return

News: James Sheppard scored San Jose's first goal in Friday's loss to Buffalo; he was scratched one night earlier for the team's win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: James Sheppard has seen himself in and out of the lineup and is used in a checking role when he does suit up. The goal was his second of the season, ending a 35-game drought.

2/27/2014

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James Sheppard

SJ's Sheppard Likely To Be Scratched

News: James Sheppard is likely to be scratched for Thursday's game, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: James Sheppard has had many chances to prove himself an offensive force this season, but despite entering Thursday with a two-game point streak, he's managed just a goal and seven assists through 45 matches. With the return of Adam Burish, Logan Couture, Raffi Torres, Tyler Kennedy, and Matt Nieto, Sheppard may find himself on the outside looking in for the majority of games down the stretch.

2/8/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Tallies Another Assist In Sharks Win

News: Sheppared had an assist and a plus-1 rating in a win over the Blue Jackets on Friday.
Analysis: James Sheppard recorded assists in the final two games before the break. He's looked better in limited ice time, though the stat lines may not show it. Unfortunately, looking a little better isn't enough to get him more playing time with four Sharks forwards likely to return from injury after the break.

2/6/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Assists On Opening Goal For Sharks

News: James Sheppard assisted on Marty Havlat's first period goal in Wednesday's OT win over Dallas.
Analysis: James Sheppard has had a rough year. He's been scratched many times and has spent the majority of the season languishing on the fourth line. His one goal and six assists over 44 games is far less than the Sharks hoped for when they dealt for him in 2010.

1/23/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks Scratch Sheppard Again

News: James Sheppard will be scratched again Thursday night against the Jets, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: James Sheppard has become a pretty consistent scratch for the Sharks, even with the deluge of injuries they've weathered. With Martin Havlat and Logan Couture close to returning, you have to wonder how much ice time Shep will see for the rest of the season or if he'll even be wearing the black and teal at the end of the season.

1/16/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard Back In Sharks Lineup

News: James Sheppard will play Thursday night after having been a scratch for the last three games, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: It was originally speculated that James Sheppard was in the doghouse, but it appears that he was actually away from the team for personal reasons.

1/14/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sheppard To Be Scratched For Sharks

News: James Sheppard will likely be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game as the Sharks face the Capitals on Tuesday, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: This is a bad sign for anyone counting on a resurgence from James Sheppard. He's getting scratched even with a heap of injuries at forward. Coach Todd McLellan appears to have very little faith in the winger at this point in the season.

1/3/2014

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Snaps Slump

News: James Sheppard had an assist and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's win over Edmonton.
Analysis: James Sheppard's pointless streak ends at 19 games with the assist Thursday. Sheppard may be rounding a corner. He's got shots in three straight games, which doesn't sound like much, but that hasn't happened for him since mid-November. It's still likely that you can get someone better off waivers though.

12/28/2013

James Sheppard, C, SJ Sharks' Sheppard Still Lagging Behind

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard Still Lagging Behind

News: James Sheppard didn't register a shot or much else in his 10:14 of ice time in San Jose's shootout win over Phoenix on Friday.
Analysis: James Sheppard has not developed into the offensive threat San Jose hoped for when they dealt for him a few years ago. He's without a goal in 20 games and without a point in 17. He's had his chances with coach Todd McLellan bouncing him to higher lines on a couple of occasions, but he has been unable to capitalize on the opportunities given.

11/17/2013

James Sheppard, C, SJ

James Sheppard

Sharks' Sheppard To Get Top-Line Minutes

News: James Sheppard appears set to skate alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture on Sunday against Chicago.
Analysis: James Sheppard is bouncing around more than the ball in a sing-along video. From being a healthy scratch to playing on just about every line combination the Sharks have got, it's been an up-and-down month for Sheppard. Until he settles in a spot in the lineup again, it's hard to know what kind of production you'll get from him.