Boughner demotes Dahlen: “I hope he gets that message.”

In two games since the San Jose Sharks returned from their long hiatus, Jonathan Dahlén has struggled to find form.

“I need to see a jump back,” head coach Bob Boughner said Saturday morning.

In Saturday morning practice, Matt Nieto skated alongside Logan Couture and Rudolfs Balcers, while Dahlén was moved down the lineup, skating with the fourth line.

“Anytime a coach moves you from the first line to the fourth line, that’s a message, so hopefully he gets that message,” Boughner commented of the move.

“I guess the message is that I have to be better,” admitted Dahlén.

“He’s never going to be one of the fastest guys,” Boughner noted of Dahlén, adding that the switch to put Nieto in Dahlén’s place gives San Jose Sharks captain Couture a bit more speed to work with. . It was a move that worked well Thursday night, resulting in a Couture goal.

Specific areas where Boughner wants to see improvement are Dahlén’s intensity in puck battles, energy on the forecheck and a quicker start to the game, specifically referring to Thursday’s game against the Canucks. Vancouver.

“He’s been on our offense here, and he’s kind of a secondary scorer, but I think he started his game slow and lost a few puck battles early on. Play on that big line, you can’t do that.

Boughner is confident that Dahlén is aware of what he needs to work on: “He’s honest with himself and knows his game.”

Dahlén himself seems to agree: “I played well this year, but I didn’t play this good.”

Should he be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights — it looks like he will be, according to Boughner — Dahlén will have the chance to prove he took Boughner’s message to heart.

“It’s obviously the best league in the world and there will be ups and downs in the season,” noted the rookie.


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