Look at him in the playoffs last year and you will see what I'm seeing. He drove Quick nuts. Tough guy to move. Net front presence, certainly an upgrade over Andersson. Going to need size in the playoffs. Sheppard is a nice piece who still has room to grow. Rumor says he can be had for pick. One of this teams biggest needs is size, other than a RH Dman. He is an upgrade that can be had for cheap.
So he's an upgrade over a guy who's a reserve when everyone is healthy. Wow, what a great endorsement.