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San Jose Barracuda News: John Leonard named AHL Player of the Week

The American Hockey League announced this on Monday San Jose Sharks Potential John Leonard has been named AHL Player of the Week for a week ending March 6, 2022, marking the first time a San Jose Barracuda player has received this recognition in the 2021-22 season. Last week, Leonard scored 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in just three games.

It is very worthy of Leonard, who after a slow start to the season, has finally found his game. This leap must have been appreciated by the Barracuda, who came in with five out of six possible points in those games and now find themselves four points from a playoff spot.

Leonard’s hot week began on Wednesday, when he scored a power goal and added an assist as the Barracuda defeated the Bakersfield Condors at Sharks Ice, 5-3. He scored again on Saturday night in Stockton against the Heat, an equalizer in a game that earned Barracuda a point when they lost 4-3 in overtime.

The Sunday night game against Tucson Rodranners, however, was arguably Leonard’s best so far. He scored the first goal in the Barracuda game in the opening period to equalize the game. In the second period he recorded the main assist in Lane Pederson’s power goal and raised the barracuda to a 2-1 lead. On Tuesday, he scored a one-time pass from Nick Markley’s 2-on-1 delivery, except to sign the game, but he didn’t finish.

With just under a minute left in the game, Leonard won a battle over a loose puck and went on to erupt. Roadrunners goalkeeper Ivan Prosbtov tried to poke, but Leonard cleverly avoided it and stuck the disc through the five holes for his first professional hat-trick.

That is, forward.

The Barracuda may want to hold on to the forward with their own hopes of a possible playoff push, but given the fact that Deadline for trade in the NHL Approaching, it may not be long before Leonard is with the sharks on a semi-regular basis.

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