Sharks reassign three as opening night roster may be set


Sharks reassign three as opening night roster may be set

SAN JOSE – The Sharks’ opening night roster may be set.

On Monday, the club reduced its roster to 23 players after assigning forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson, and defenseman Mirco Mueller to the AHL Barracuda.

Karlsson, the Sharks 2014-15 rookie of the year, is currently out with an undisclosed injury and was not expected to be ready by opening night.

[REWIND: Sharks' Karlsson unlikely to play in opener at Kings]

Mueller and Goldobin were the Sharks’ first round draft picks in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Mueller, who was ineligible for the AHL last season, spent the majority of the year with the Sharks registering one goal and three assists with a -8 rating in 39 games. He was permitted to play for the Swiss team in the World Juniors.

The Sharks have seven defensemen remaining, including Matt Tennyson and Dylan DeMelo, who will both make the opening night roster.

Goldobin, who turns 20 on Wednesday, has yet to make his NHL debut. In five preseason games, he had one goal and two assists, getting a look on the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line.

Coach Pete DeBoer spoke last week about the importance for young players to get minor league experience.

“I would say for the majority of players, it’s not only a necessary step but a helpful one,” he said. “I think you end up with a longer term better player when they go through that type of development.

“I don’t think you step into the NHL and score if you haven’t scored in the American League, so that’s a step for a forward. For a defenseman, you have to be a very good defenseman at the American League level in order to take a step and be able to jump into an NHL lineup. I don’t think there’s any cheating that process. That’s for everybody.”

Other forwards remaining on the roster that were thought to be on the bubble in include Joonas Donskoi, Barclay Goodrow, Chris Tierney and Mike Brown.

Raffi Torres also still occupies a roster spot, although he is likely to get suspended later on Monday after hitting Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg with a check to the head in a preseason game on Saturday.

Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’


Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’

SAN JOSE — There was something familiar missing in San Jose when the Sharks opened training camp.

For the first time since 1996, the Sharks took the ice for their first training camp practice without Patrick Marleau on the team as the franchise's career leader in games and scoring left as a free agent for Toronto this summer.

"I've spent a lot of years with him. It is kind of strange," said Joe Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005. "It's his birthday today too. It's a little weird, but he's going to do great up in Toronto."

Marleau had been with San Jose since being picked second overall in 1997 but left the Sharks to sign an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs in July.

Marleau has 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points. He had 46 points in playing all 82 games last season as he rebounded from a disappointing 2015-16 season by scoring 27 goals, including the 500th of his career. He ranks first in San Jose in career goals, games and points.

Only six players in NHL history have played more games with one team than Marleau's 1,493 in San Jose. The Sharks haven't played a game without him on the ice since April 7, 2009.

"Obviously Patty has meant so much to this organization and this group," captain Joe Pavelski said. "Everyone in this room has pretty much played with him and Patty has done something to help them out. He'll be missed. ... Just by committee somebody will step in and fill that kind of hole. That's what we'll need."

The Sharks made no major additions this offseason so will need to replace Marleau's 27 goals by getting development from younger players like Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, as well as bounce-back seasons from veterans like Thornton, Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi.

Only Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns are back after scoring more than 12 goals last season.

"When I look back at last year we had key people either have down years or miss significant time with injuries or coming off injuries," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think if we can stay healthy I think we've got a large group of guys that can really take a step this year and I expect a step out of them."

While the Sharks lost Marleau in free agency, they did manage to keep Thornton by giving him a one-year, $8 million contract despite dwindling production last season and offseason knee surgery.

He scored just seven goals — his fewest in an 82-game season since his rookie year in 1997-98 — and was a key part of a power-play unit that uncharacteristically struggled last season. But he still managed 43 assists, teaming with captain Joe Pavelski on San Jose's top line.

Thornton missed the final week of the regular season and the first two playoff games with a left knee injury before returning for the final four games of a first-round loss to Edmonton. Thornton then underwent surgery to repair his MCL and ACL after the season but was back skating in August and started ramping it up for training camp two weeks ago. Thornton believes the lower-body work he did in rehab this offseason will pay dividends on the ice.

"They feel real strong," he said of his legs. "I feel a lot of pop out there. They're probably as strong as they've ever been just because I had to rehab that knee so much."

Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks


Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks

The boys were back together in San Jose on Thursday for Sharks Media Day, with plenty of smiles and moments of levity. Check out the highlights...

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