Sharks on the cutting edge with 'Firstbeat'

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Sharks on the cutting edge with 'Firstbeat'

No surprise, the San Jose Sharks are again on the cutting edge of technology with their players. This training camp, the team has employed use of a new system called Firstbeat," which precisely measures the heart rate of the players, in real-time, as they participate in practice.You can catalog it over time, to see work levels over time, Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Potenza told me. Whether theyre dropping off, or improving, or if you want to track something through the year to see the fitness level of your guys.
The benefits of measuring heart rate are multiple. First, it gives trainers a good indication as to which players are recovering from exertion best. It also gives coaches good insight as to situations where the team might be over-training, or not training enough. What is Potenza ultimately looking for? You want to see that they can recover from whatever heart rate they achieve, the sooner the better. So that they can sustain energy for a longer period of time, and be ready for that next bout of a shift, with the ability to output.Firstbeat came to the team this summer, and will be used for the rest of Sharks training camp, in addition to the rest of practices in the regular season. Potenza says players can use the system during games in the regular season, but initially wont. Thats because they arent quite ready enough to wear the over-chest sensors in actual competitive situations.

Sharks 2017-18 schedule features first visits to Las Vegas

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Sharks 2017-18 schedule features first visits to Las Vegas

The Sharks’ full 82-game schedule was released on Thursday, featuring the team’s first-ever games against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

San Jose will play the Golden Knights, now a Pacific Division rival, four times in 2017-18. The Sharks visit Sin City on Nov. 24, while the Golden Knights make their first of two appearances at SAP Center on Feb. 8.

The Sharks open their season with a five-game homestand, including the season-opener on Oct. 4 against Philadelphia, continuing with games against the Kings, Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens. After that, they immediately embark on a five-game swing through the Eastern Conference.

The longest homestand of the season is six games from Feb. 27 – March 12, while the Sharks have three separate five-game road trips. There are 14 sets of back-to-backs.

Other notable home games include the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Nov. 1; Bob Boughner’s Florida Panthers on Nov. 16; the two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 20; the Oilers first of two visits Feb. 10; and the regular season finale vs. Minnesota on April 7.

There are two matinee home dates on March 10 vs. Washington and March 24 vs. Calgary, both beginning at 1 p.m.

The complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

Vegas picks defenseman Schlemko from Sharks in expansion draft

Vegas picks defenseman Schlemko from Sharks in expansion draft

UPDATE (6:28pm PT on Wednesday): The Las Vegas Golden Knights have selected Sharks defenseman David Schlemko in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

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A few hours before the Vegas Golden Knights roster was set to be unveiled, word leaked on which Sharks player they have selected.

Defenseman David Schlemko will be headed to the expansion team, which will begin play in the fall, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

A source told NBC Sports California that there is no side deal or trade between the Sharks and Golden Knights. Vegas is simply selecting one of the available players that the Sharks did not protect ahead of the expansion draft.

It’s possible that the Golden Knights are selecting Schlemko with the purpose of trading him to another team. The 30-year-old is signed for the next three years at a reasonable $2.1 million salary cap hit.

The Sharks should have internal options to replace Schlemko, who, in his only season with the Sharks, notched two goals and 16 assists for 18 points in 62 games while skating primarily on the third defense pair with Brenden Dillon.

Dylan DeMelo, who has served as the seventh defenseman for each of the last two seasons, could finally break through to earn a full time spot in the active lineup. Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan, who both spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the AHL Barracuda, were signed to two-year contract extensions late last week and could be ready to break through.

By selecting Schlemko, Vegas is passing on other available Sharks like Dillon, Paul Martin, Joel Ward and Mikkel Boedker.