Three rookies on Sharks opening night roster

Three rookies on Sharks opening night roster
September 30, 2013, 11:30 am
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At 20 years old, Matt Nieto wasn't born when the Sharks played their first game on Oct. 4, 1991. (AP)

SAN JOSE - The Sharks have finalized their opening night roster.

Among the players to make the team are rookie forwards Tomas Hertl, 19, Matt Nieto, 20, and Freddie Hamilton, 21. Also securing a place is goaltender Alex Stalock, who won the battle to be Antti Niemi’s backup over Harri Sateri. Stalock, 26, will be entering his first NHL season on an opening night roster, although he is not technically eligible for the Calder Trophy due to his age.

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Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) is on injured reserve and will miss at least three to five months, while Marty Havlat (offseason pelvic surgery) is expected to be placed on injured reserve before the start of the regular season.

Adam Burish (lower body) and Brad Stuart (lower body) are questionable for the season opener. Anthony Stewart, in camp on a tryout, was released.

If Hertl, Nieto and Hamilton all play on opening night, they will become the first Sharks players to suit up that are younger than the franchise, which played its first game on October 4, 1991.

The Sharks open their 22nd season on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the Vancouver Canucks.

The complete roster is as follows:

Forwards (15): Adam Burish, Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Andrew Desjardins, Marty Havlat, Freddie Hamilton, Tomas Hertl, Tyler Kennedy, Patrick Marleau, Matt Nieto, Joe Pavelski, James Sheppard, Joe Thornton, Raffi Torres, Tommy Wingels.

Defensemen (7): Dan Boyle, Justin Braun, Jason Demers, Scott Hannan, Matt Irwin, Brad Stuart, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Goaltenders (2): Antti Niemi, Alex Stalock.