Tyler Kennedy was brought to the San Jose Sharks in an offseason trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the team hoped that he would provide some much-needed scoring depth. So far he’s been a disappointment in that regard. Through 33 games this season, he has thee goals and eight assists.
To make matters worse, the 27-year-old has been a liability in his own end. That wasn’t acceptable to San Jose head coach Todd McLellan, who made Kennedy a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.
He had a chance to speak to the media following Wednesday’s practice, and had the following to say via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com:
Obviously, I need to be better in my own end. That’s the biggest thing, making sure I follow the systems. I kind of got away from it for a couple games there, not following the systems. I don’t think it’s anything about work ethic or skating or nothing like that, I think I’m doing that well. I think just getting into the system and playing the system a little bit better.
McLellan followed up on those comments and seemed very supportive of his player:
There’s areas of the game – and I spent some time with Tyler today and he was very receptive and very coachable. There’s some areas of the game that we’d like to see him work on and improve. Like everyone else in the lineup, they have that responsibility. We just saw some patterns that we wanted to address with him and get him to reset his game, and come back and contribute.
San Jose won that contest against the Blues without Kennedy, and it’s unclear at this point whether or not he’ll be reinserted into the lineup when the Sharks take on the L.A. Kings tonight.