The San Jose Sharks on Tuesday reassigned goaltender Nolan Schaefer from their AHL affiliate in Worcester to the Hershey Bears.
Schaefer, 27, was a fifth-round selection by San Jose in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft after playing four years at Providence College. The fourth-year pro is 5-8-3 with a 2.80 goals-against average in 16 appearances for Worcester this season.
"This move allows Nolan the opportunity to play consistently at the American Hockey League level while remaining Sharks property," said San Jose general manager Doug Wilson.
Schaefer made his NHL debut with San Jose last season, winning his first five decisions and posting a 1.87 GAA in seven appearances (5-1-0).
The Yellow Grass, Sask., native is expected to join Hershey in time for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia against the Phantoms.
“With a great track record at the AHL level, and success last season with San Jose, his record speaks for itself”, said Bears President/GM Doug Yingst. “With the injuries that our goaltenders have sustained, this was an opportunity to stabilize the position moving forward.”