San Jose, CA–Today the San Jose Sharks took to the ice in their first of two full scrimmage session of training camp in preparations of preseason action. The scrimmage was broken up into two 30-minute halves that featured a running clock. Team White was coached by Sharks Assistant Jim Johnson and Worcester’s bench boss Roy Sommer, while on the other side, Team Teal was ran by Jay Woodcroft of San Jose and Worcester’s Assistant David Cuniff.
Here is the line combinations, defensive pairings, and the goaltending lineup for both squads.
81-Kennedy 19-Thornton 88-Burns
48-Hertl 8-Pavelski 57-Wingels
38-Kearns 75-Hamilton 26-Stewart
71-Tarasov 58-Viedenskky 42-Pelech
Reserves: 40-Stalberg, 74-DeMelo
13-Torres 39-Couture 12-Marleau
15-Sheppard 10-Desjardins 37-Burish
83-Nieto 43-McCarthy 76-Hayes
85-Gogol 67-Oleksuk 56-Reid
Reserves: 72-Schwartz, 94-Comrie
The first half of the open scrimmage was anything but physical. Team Teal’s Tommy Wingels opened the scoring and would be the lone goal scorer in the scrimmages first half. In the second half of scrimmage team teal once again found the back of the net when team white’s top line of Couture-Marleau-Torres ended up turning over the puck to 2012 first round draft pick Tomas Hertl. Hertl went it on Stalock and attempted to bank the rubber off of the net minder and was unable to convert on the scoring attempt, however his line mate Pavelski cashed in the rebound to make it 2-0 for team teal. Team white’s Curt Gogol scored for his squad when he deflected Scott Hannan’s blast to cut teal’s lead in half and made it 2-1. Their goal was short lived when Burns recaptured team teal’s two-goal lead, as it was 3-1. For team teal, the scoring continued when Dan Boyle knotted a pair of goals and his best one came, when the young Russian forward Tarasov made an awesome pass to the defenseman giving them a four goal cushion and the decisive 5-1 victory over team white.
After the scrimmage was over, both teams took part in a good old shoot out competition. Early on in the shootout, both teams had 1-1 deadlock, several rounds later however; the Brentwood Bay Native Matt Irwin sealed it for his squad giving team teal once again another victory over team white.
Arguably the highlight reel play of the day went to Shark’s newcomer, forward Tyler Kennedy. Kennedy ended up taking a pass and turned on the jets and flew past team whites defenseman Nick Petrecki. In doing he ended up freezing net minder Alex Stalock and skated behind the net, he then found fellow line mate Brent Burns coming down the left side where he pumped it home for the easy tally.
Brent Burns who last season was a defenseman turned forward, he was already in full game speed shape and stood out the most from the other players in camp. With that, he impressed the coaching staff, in particular Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“If you witnessed it or watched it it’s not different that what he played last year,” McLellan said. “Powered his way to a lot of the areas, was very aggressive, and he’ll have some success if he continues that.”
When Burns converted over as a forward last season he scored 20 points over a span of 23 games and he found a home on the top line, alongside Sharks Captain Joe Thornton.
The burning question here is, can Brent Burns produce as a full-time forward for the 2013-2014 campaign vs last season? Coach McLellan added with some additional comments about this.
“If he does a lot of the physical things that he has shown us he can do, the points will take care of itself, and the team, in turn, will have success versus just Brent Burns. That’s what we’ll be looking for.”
Sharks Todd McLellan had some comments regarding team whites performance in their 5-1 lose today.
“I think you could tell that they had the practice this morning, and some of the things we worked on as far as forecheck showed up in the game, and it made it hard for the other squad,” McLellan said. “That’s a good sign. They’ve obviously picked some things up, they’re prepared to use it in the scrimmage, and we like to see that. Tomorrow, hopefully it’s a different day and the Couture team gets going and challenges the other team a little bit better.”
The San Jose Sharks will have their last scrimmage on Saturday at 9:50 a.m. in preparations for their first preseason game, which is scheduled for Monday against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver. The more energy the rest of team brings the more effective they will be and this is paramount with Burns already at full speed.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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