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Sharks Training Camp is Underway

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:16 PM / 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 ANA 36 23 8 5 104 98 51
2 CHI 35 23 10 2 107 72 48
3 NSH 33 22 9 2 95 70 46
4 STL 34 21 10 3 100 86 45
5 SJS 35 19 11 5 99 90 43
6 WPG 35 18 10 7 88 81 43
7 VAN 33 20 11 2 99 91 42
8 LAK 35 17 11 7 97 88 41
9 CGY 36 18 15 3 104 98 39
10 MIN 32 16 13 3 93 89 35
11 COL 34 13 13 8 90 101 34
12 DAL 33 14 14 5 95 113 33
13 ARI 34 12 18 4 80 112 28
14 EDM 35 7 21 7 75 121 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 35 8 22 2 30
J. Pavelski 35 16 13 5 29
L. Couture 35 13 16 2 29
B. Burns 35 10 17 -3 27
P. Marleau 35 7 20 -2 27
T. Wingels 35 9 14 0 23
T. Hertl 35 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 35 1 12 5 13
M. Vlasic 34 4 6 10 10
J. Sheppard 29 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 4 .917 2.44
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