Hey Barracuda fans! Nick Nollenberger here. It’s another week, which means it’s time for another blog. After Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Stockton, the Barracuda head into their first road trip of the season with a 2-2 record.
Visiting different cities, and arenas is a blast. Going on the road is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. On Saturday, when the ‘Cuda take on the Cleveland Monsters in the house that Lebron built, Quicken Loans Arena, it’ll be the first time head coach Roy Sommer will be back in Cleveland since he coached the Cleveland Barons from 2001-06, the then AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
Personally, the Cleveland trip was one I circled as soon as the schedule came out. My twin lives in Cleveland, and I’ve got several family members that will be attending the games over the weekend. It also sounds like the staff and players will be going to the Cavaliers game on Saturday night, which will provide for some team bonding.
Make sure to keep your eye on the Barracuda social channels for all the happenings on the road.
Over the last week, we had fans submit questions using the hashtag #AskNick. Thanks for all the submissions, and keep them coming because we're hoping to make this a regular part of the blog.
How do I get ahold of a Cuda Country sign? I couldn’t find it at the concession stand last Friday. You can snag a Cuda Country sign at any community event or request one via Fan Mail at sjbarracuda.com/contact. If you go to sjbarracuda.com/cudacountry, you can upload your photos with the sign there to be featured on the website.
How do you think #76 is doing in his first couple of AHL games? Cavan has a booming shot and has instantly provided some depth to a thin position. Once he gets completely comfortable with the pro game, he’s going to thrive at this level. So far he’s proven himself as a reliable defender with the potential to have a really big offensive upside.
Which new face on the roster has impressed you most early in the season? Good question Frenzy! There are several new players that have impressed in the early going, but one that has really stood out is Filip Sandberg. For a smaller player, Sanberg plays with a relentless tenacity, and grit. He’s also shown off some really good offensive touch. Filip is going to be a fixture on the top two lines all season long.
How many days a week do you work out and do you have your own strength coach? If you didn’t know, Marcello is our strength coach. And to answer his question, yes! I do have a strength coach. Marcello and I are work out buddies, lifting before work almost every day. He's one of the best in the business, and I'm very fortunate to have his coaching.
That's it for this week, we'll talk to you all next Thursday. Enjoy your weekend, and GO 'CUDA!