Sharks Training Camp is Underway

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 8:16 PM PT / News
By Patrick Hooper  - Digital Content Developer
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Sharks Training Camp is Underway

The 2012-13 training camp for the San Jose Sharks got underway on Sunday afternoon at Sharks Ice at San Jose. Twenty-eight players have reported for a condensed schedule in which coaches and players must ready themselves for the start of the season in just seven days. In such a short period of time, very little wasted time can be afforded.

“We covered a lot today and it’s just about taking it all in at a fast pace,” said Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. “A lot of it’s very similar to what we’ve done in the past. It’s just getting everyone up to speed and everyone in to game shape because it’s going to be starting here quick.”

Of the 28 players in for the quick training camp, most have played together in San Jose in years past. There is some speculation that a familiarity amongst the core group of players will bode well for the Sharks as they prepare in the limited time frame.

“The great thing about having the group that we have is that a lot of them have been here for a number of years,” said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. “There’s some familiarity to what we’re trying to do as a team. The terms and systems that we play haven’t changed that much. We were able to review two parts of our game today already and introduce a new type of penalty kill for this year. We got a lot done in day one, but we’re going to have to use every minute, be very efficient and be ready to go when it starts.”

It’s going to feel like an even quicker experience for some of the players on the roster who are spending their first training camp with the Sharks. Newly signed forward Adam Burish is nonetheless eager, facing the challenge.

“I hope I can add a piece to this, because this team is an elite club in the NHL,” said Burish. “I’m fortunate to be a part of it and I’m hoping that I can add another piece to it… I want to go out there, I want to play reckless. I want to play mean. I want to be in guys faces. I want to be confrontational. Hopefully some of that energy can be contagious to my teammates too.”

One thing that was not confrontational on Sunday was a warm reception from hundreds of Sharks fans who showed up to watch the first official practice of the season. After the players took the ice to the cheers of the fans, the players gathered at center ice and saluted the faithful crowd, a standard exchange of appreciation that both sides were pleased to once again experience.

“It was great,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton described. “I’ve been saying for years that we’ve got the best fans in sports. For them to give us a nice applause there was nice. We had big smiles on our faces. We’re just happy to be back. Like I said, we’ve got the best fans in sports here."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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