140923 Preseason Sharks @ Canucks / Canucks @ Sharks (Stockton) — pregame news/links

And so we will get a first glance into how the Sharks will play against the rest of the league with split squad games against the Vancouver Canucks.

Sharks will be making big cuts after the Tuesday split squad games, so it may be the last chance for junior players, rookies and some vets, to make a good impression to stick around for the rest of camp (and perhaps the NHL season opener).

Vancouver is coming off of a very disappointing season, not even making the playoffs.  First year coach Tortorella didn’t make it to a second year, replaced by Willie Desjardins who coached the AHL Texas Stars to win the AHL Calder Cup last season. Vancouver had their early training camp in Whistler, so this will be the first opportunity local Vancouver fans will have to see their team.

Check out the links below for how the teams will split their squads between the two venues for the games.

Sharks will have neither radio nor TV coverage.  Game in Vancouver joined in progress on NHL Network US.  (Unclear if there is any Vancouver radio coverage)


Initially posted circa 9/22 11:40pm.  Will be updated through day as news breaks.

(I apologize for any missing/bad links — and blame the felines of the house)

Sharks Centric News

Sharks twitter list

Sharks news

San Jose Mercury News

CSN Bay Area/California

Stockton Record

Neutral Centric News



Sports Network

CBS Sports

Yahoo Sports/Puck Daddy

Opponent Centric News

Twitter list of opponent news

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Province

Vancouver Sun

Sportsnet Pacific

  • Desjardins – Goalies will be split 30/30 in tonight’s games. #Canucks

Training camp day three

Videos from today

Todd McLellan

Nikolay Goldobin

Tyler Kennedy

Matt Nieto

John Scott

Mercury News: Curtis Pashelka summaries the day’s scrimmage on blog, noting Nieto’s speed, Tarasov’s mentoring of Goldobin, and Scott’s defense of enforcers/how he sees his role.  He also taps 3 stars for vets and prospects.  And article on the day that was — scrimmage, Scott and more.

CSN: Kurz summarizes the scrimmage with quotes from McLellan, Tarasov and Goldobin. And chats with Scott about his role on the team, to patrol the ice and protect the team.

NBC: O’Brien continues Kurz’s examination of Scotts role and looks at his impact last season with Buffalo.


Who has been impressing me at camp?

Mirco Mueller is way above the other rookies. He seems to be well positioned in scrimmages and takes care of his defensive responsibilities.  Does help that he’s more familiar with many of the NHLers having participated in the pre-camp captain skates, so gotten a bit used to the skill and speed of his teammates.

Nikolay Goldobin is showing some nice offensive moves, and hockey sense.  But IMHO lacks the size to compete this season in NHL.

Melker Karlsson is another that spent some time early in SJ in the captain skates.  Good show of hockey sense.

Good to see Julius Bergman playing after being on the receiving end of a nasty hit from juniors (that resulted in a suspension for the hitter).

John Scott does have some decent hockey sense, positioning.  May surprise a few folks.

Tyler Kennedy seems to be fitting in much better this season than last.

Tye McGinn may be the heir apparent to Torres’ roster spot, perhaps for the season.  Honest player who’s enjoying his time, thus far in San Jose.

I would love to see more creativity to try out some new combinations in the top two lines (rather than Pavelski-Thornton-Hertl and Nieto-Couture-Marleau), and through out the line up.  Now is a chance to try out some different things to discover the best combinations, without consequences of lost points.

Day two of camp and links.