Sena Acolatse
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Sena Acolatse


Hayward California

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Free agent signing, 2014


203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2008-09: In his third season with the Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL), Sena Acolatse scored 7 goals and added 14 assists. Though this was a drop off in point production from his last season, Acolatse stepped up his physical game, picking up 143 PIMS. In 5 playoff games Acolatse notched a goal and an assist.

2009-10: Split between the Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL) and the Saskatoon Blades(WHL), Acolatse scored 16 goals and picked up 19 assists. He cut down his PIMs to 60 but was a -17. Acolatse picked up a goal and an assist in 7 games to finish out the playoffs.

2010-11: Acolatse signed an entry-level, three-year contract with San Jose in March 2011. He made his pro hockey debut, appearing in one game with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, after concluding his fifth season in the WHL with Prince George. Acolatse was scoreless and -1 with two shots on goal in his only game with Worcester. Acolatse skated in one game with Saskatoon and was traded by the Blades to Prince George to comply with the WHL’s overage player limit. He was third on the Cougars with 128 PMs in 66 games and was an even plus/minus with 15 goals and a team-best 48 assists. Prince George reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500. In the four-game series with Kelowna Acolatse led the Cougars in scoring with 3 goals and 4 assists and was -5 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Acolatse had a solid offensive rookie season in the AHL for Worchester and showed that he can handle himself when dropping the gloves. The physical defender struggled to start the season but grew more comfortable with the AHL level as the year progressed. He finished the season having scored eight goals (five on the power play) along with 13 assists but a poor minus 16 rating while taking 89 PIMs (seven fighting majors) in 65 AHL games.

2012-13: Acolatse played 50 games for San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester in his second pro season; missing time due to a jaw injury. Second only to Matt Tennyson in points for Worcester defensemen, he scored 4 goals with 17 assists and was -7 with 62 penalty minutes. The Sharks missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Acolatse was with San Jose during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.


Talent Analysis

Sena Acolatse is a jack of all trades. He is a good skating offensive defender with a mean streak. He possesses solid puck skills and his shot is considered an asset. He is willing to battle on all ends of the ice and is willing to pay the price to win. Some of his trademark tenacity dwindled at the end of the season as he recovered from a jaw injury earned by stopping a puck with his face. He will need to bring back his strong physical play to continue on the right track of his development. While it is not an outlier to his game, his defensive play could be more refined.

While there is still much to be determined at how far this player can develop he projects to be an NHL caliber blueliner with fourth defenseman potential.



Acolatse stands a good chance of playing on Worcester’s top defensive pairing this year depending on what happens in camp. It should be noted, while it would be an outside chance given stable of NHL defensemen in the Sharks system, Acolatse will likely be given a slim shot to break camp with San Jose.


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