All NHL teams have a minor league affiliate that they send their younger players or prospects too. Superstars like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture got there start with the Worcester Sharks. From 2006 to 2016 Worcester, Mass served as the home of the “baby sharks.” Since the AHL team was in Massachusetts and the parent team was in San Jose it made calling up a player in an emergency situation a little bit difficult.
In 2015 it was announced that the San Jose Sharks would be moving their AHL affiliate to San Jose to play out of the SAP Center as well. This made call ups and send downs a lot easier. They practice at the same facility and play their home games in the same arena. The new team was called the San Jose Barracuda and they played their first game on Oct 9. They team made it to the playoffs in their inaugural season but were ousted in the first round.
The 2016-17 season saw the Barracuda at the top of many categories. The took first place in their division, goaltender Troy Grosenick led the league with ten shutouts, and Danny O’regan led rookies in scoring with 58 points. Currently the Barracuda are facing off against the Grand Rapid Griffins in the conference final of the AHL playoffs.