32-Year-Old Left Wing – San Jose Sharks
Raffi Torres Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $6 million deal with the Sharks in June of 2013.
Torres (knee) skated on his own Tuesday, the David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Torres will be unavailable for the first eight games of 2012-13 as he continues to serve a suspension that was reduced to 21 games for a hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa during the opening round of the playoffs. Torres is a quiet -- but surprising -- source of offense for the Coyotes. He had 26 points to complement 83 sin bin minutes last year and there's no reason to think a similar output isn't possible going forward.
The Coyotes signed Torres to a two-year deal in July after the former Canuck tallied 14 goals and 15 assists in 80 games with Vancouver en route to racking up 78 PIMs and a plus-4 rating. While his offensive numbers may slide a bit with the Coyotes, he should continue to provide an excellent source of forward sin-bin minutes.
Torres was the big trade deadline acquisition for the Sabres in 2009-10, and was a pretty big flop. He is better than the player who only mustered five assists in 14 games in the blue and gold. Torres signed a one-year deal with the Canucks in August. He'll have a chance to sneak into the Orcas' top-six if Alex Burrows (shoulder) misses any action early in the season.
Gritty but injury-prone forward tried to get his career back on track with Columbus last season, playing in 51 games last season and scoring 12 goals with 20 points.
Torres is a former fifth overall pick who used to be a consistent 20-goal scorer for the Oilers, but his ’07-’08 season was ruined by a knee injury and truth be told, he seemed to have hit a wall in his development in Edmonton anyway. There’s always the chance for a Cam Neely-like breakout with any younger power forward, but more likely he’ll find himself on a grinder line in Columbus.
Torres has averaged 20 goals per season through the first three years of his career, but it always seems he could and should be doing more. With Dustin Penner coming in off a huge offer sheet, Torres' chances of playing on the first line seemed to have diminshed. He has the potential to do some damage offensively, but needs to be more consistent if he's going to jump past the 40-point plateau.
Torres is a streaky scorer, now he just needs to have the hot streaks outweigh the slumps. Should again hover in the 25 goal range.
In his first full NHL season (2003-04), Torres scored 34 points in 80 games, lighting the lamp 20 times (five of them on the power play). He’s only 23, so expect some growing pains for another year or two. But while he still needs seasoning, he should be able to improve on his 34 point season. His scoring touch may enable him to jump to the 25 goal range this year.