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Sharks Beat Ducks With Lively 3rd in Home Opener

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

SAN JOSE– Saturday, the San Jose Sharks won their home opener 2-0 against the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks’ best period of the game was their third, and it was a relentless one. It seemed to be just the kind of game head coach Pete DeBoer was looking for from the Sharks:

Pavelski Named Captain, Torres Suspended

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

Monday, the San Jose Sharks named Joe Pavelksi team captain, saw Raffi Torres suspended, and cut their roster down to size.

The choice of captain was not surprising, as Pavelksi was generally presumed to be the top candidate for the job. Pavelski has been a team leader in terms of performance and poise for the past two seasons. The alternates will be Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. (more…)

Another Preseason Win Looks Good on Sharks

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 in Glendale on Friday. The preseason game lineup proably closely ressembles the group that will start the regular season next week. The forward lines were: Donskoi-Thornton-Pavelski, Marleau-Couture-Ward, Nieto-Hertl-Wingels and Goodrow-Tierney-Brown. The defensive paris were: Vlasic-Braun, Martin-Burns and Tennyson-Dillon. Martin Jones was in net for the shutout. There will probably be only a couple of changes to that lineup when the Sharks play Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Joonas Donskoi distinguished himself again as a deserving member of the top line. His performance included good defensive sense and a few surprising offensive moves, including one pass that was so surprising it seemed to catch Joe Thornton unawares. (more…)

Sharks Reduce Training Camp to 27

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

The San Jose Sharks have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players, they announced Monday.

Timo Meier, the Sharks’ first round pick in the most recent draft, was assigned to his junior club, the Halifax Mooseheads. In the Sharks press release, Peter DeBoer said:

“Timo had an impressive camp. He showed everyone why we selected him where we did,” said Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer. “He has a nice blend of power, speed and skill and he has a really bright future.”

San Jose Barracuda camp starts today. The Sharks assigned nine players to the new AHL club on Monday. The forwards are: John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg, Micheal Haley and Ryan Carpenter. The defensemen are: Mark Cundari, Karl Stollery and Gus Young. The goalies are Troy Grosenick and Aaron Dell.

The moves leave Al Stalock and Martin Jones as the goaltenders the Sharks will start the season with.

The Sharks also put forward Frazer McLaren on waivers. His status will be determined after the waiver period expires.

Competition Too Close to Call for Sharks Blue Line

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

The preseason is well under way, and the NHL season looms large for the San Jose Sharks. Their training camp roster is still large enough to easily ice two squads, so it is reasonable to expect that there will be more roster cuts this week. The Sharks have a lot of decisions to make before opening night, DeBoer explained:

Some tough decisions, some really tough decisions. It’s tough getting from 34 to 26 or -7 or whatever number we’re going to go to, and it’s going to be even tougher to go down to 22 or 23. That’s a good thing though, it’s a good problem.

Dylan DeMelo stood out as one of the young players getting a lot of ice time in preseason games. There is a little room on the Sharks blue line, and a number of players competing for it. Asked to comment on that competition, DeMelo said: “I can’t speak for the other guys but I think I’m playing pretty well and I think I’m showing kind of what’s advertised in my game.” (more…)

Torres Returns, Donskoi Shines, in Sharks Preseason Win

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

The Sharks won their first preseason home game on Friday night. They defeated the Arizona Coyotes squad 3-1, or 4-1, depending on whether you count the exhibition overtime session. Sharks goals were scored by Brendan Dillon, Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Ben Smith. The Coyotes goal was scored by Antoine Vermette.

Raffi Torres returned to the lineup in the team’s third game of the preseason. He was on the starting line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton but after that Joonas Donskoi played on that top line. Donskoi has impressed in training camp, and his performance Friday continued to show why he is a serious contender for a spot on the NHL roster. Goaltender Al Stalock made his first preseason appearance as well, after sitting as backup for Martin Jones in Vancouver. (more…)

Sharks Ready for Restart

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

In the past, GM Doug Wilson has used the phrase “refresh, reset” instead of “rebuild” to describe what he was trying to do with the San Jose Sharks. Last year, “rebuild” creapt into the sound bites, but there were no standout changes to go with it. Now, with a new coaching staff and new players in key roles, the team faces something akin to an operating system upgrade.

As with an upgrade, many little glitches may just go away, while some handy shortcuts will have to be put back in place. For a while at least, the system will seem cleaner simpler than previously. How much reward the Sharks will reap from the changes will depend on some very familiar factors, from individual player performance to the mental resilience of the group. This is the conundrum that has faced the Sharks for years: they have been good enough to expect that they could do more, but they haven’t. New Head Coach Peter DeBoer has said he won’t tear everything down because there is a lot of good in the team and the way they do things. How much of that good can he salvage without also preserving the bugs and glitches? (more…)


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