Sharks Season Preview: Quinn takes charge of team in transition

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps open, takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the expected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the San Jose Sharks.

Fitness Trainer: David Quinn (season 1)

Last season: 32-37-13, sixth in the Pacific Division; Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

3 keys

1. Quinning time

Quinn has a second chance to train in the NHL after he knocked out the 56-year-old New York Rangers on May 12, 2021. He led the United States to fifth in the Beijing 2022 Olympics and what awaits him is a team in transition and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for three straight seasons after qualifying 14 of 15. Sharks added attackers Nico SturmAnd the Luke KoninAnd the Oscar Lindblum And the Stephen Lorentzand defensemen Matt Benning And the Marcos Notivara. But San Jose needs advanced horizons William Ecklund And the Thomas Bordeleau To trigger an attack he is 30 in the NHL in goals per game in the past three seasons (2.58) and tied for 25th in power play (17.1 percent). Logan Couture (23 goals) was the only striker other than Timo Meyer (35) and Thomas Hertle (30) to score at least 20 goals. The San Jose averaged 2.57 goals per game last season, the third-lowest behind the Arizona Coyotes (2.51) and the Philadelphia Flyers (2.56).

2. Meyer’s future

Mayer has yet to speak with new general manager Mike Greer about a new contract, with the forward saying during the NHL European Player Media Tour on August 24 that the two had been getting to know each other through phone conversations. Meyer is entering the final season of a four-year contract and can become a restricted free agent.

3. Who is No. 1?

goal James Reimer And the Kapo Kahkkonen Most likely on the opening night menu. The question is whether the number 1 will appear or will the sharks go with the timeshare. Reimer, 34, was 19-17-10 scoring 2.90 goals-to-average, .911 saves and one closing in 48 games (46 starts) last season; Kahkkonen, 26, was 2-6-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .916 savings in 11 games (10 starts) after being acquired in a deal with Minnesota Wild on March 21. But there is something to be said about the sharks adding nine guards to the organization over the past 12-13 months.

Video: Timo Meyer’s future with the San Jose Sharks

Roster Rondon

making the cut

Not so, but when Ecklund, who turns 20 on October 12, and Bordello, who turns 20, pull a veteran out of the lineup. They will compete with a large number of attackers including Jasper Wetherby24 was selected in the fourth round (#108) of the 2018 NHL Draft, and Evgeny Svechnikov, the 25-year-old who signed a one-year contract on September 6. The 19th selection by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Draft had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 113 NHL games and did not receive a qualifying bid from the Winnipeg Jets.

The most interesting addition

Konin starts over with sharks. The 24-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 18, 10 days after being traded from the Nashville Predators. He was the only Predator skater to play 82 games, and his 13 goals ranked him sixth among their attackers. The 15th pick will be played by Wild in the 2016 NHL Draft for his third NHL team but was playing his best hockey (31 points; 15 goals, 16 assists in 63 games) when the 2019-20 season was paused due to concerns about the coronavirus. The sharks are in dire need of deep scoring, and Konin could provide it if he gets back on the right track.

The biggest possible surprise

Alexander Barabanov It has the look of delayed pants. He signed a two-year contract May 9 to stay with the Sharks after notching his NHL highs with 10 goals, 29 assists and 39 points in 70 games, the 28-year-old’s first full season in the NHL. Since Barabanoff was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 21, 2021, he is fifth among the Sharks’ skaters in assists (33) and points (46) in 79 games. He’s expected for first grade with Mayer and Hertel. If you click, Barabanov can be an unexpected source of attack with close to or over 20 targets.

ready to hack

It looks like it’s time for Eklund to show why he was named No. 7 in the 2021 NHL Draft and No. 1 in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings for international skaters. He started last season with the Sharks and made four assists in nine games before returning to Djurgardens in the Swedish Hockey League, where he earned 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) in 29 games.

Eklund was the SHL’s Rookie of the Year player of the year in 2020-21, when he earned 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games despite having an emergency appendectomy and testing positive for COVID-19.

sleeping fantasy

Eklund, L.W. (unpolished average in fiction) Three of Eklund’s passes came in a power game before he gained more professional experience in the SHL. He could be a fictional rookie sleeper if he lands in the top six with a production position at either Hertl and Couture and in his first strength game with elite winger Meier and back defense candidate. Eric Carlson Under the leadership of new coach Quinn. – Pete Jensen

Expected line

Timo Meyer – Thomas Hertl – Alexander Barabanov

Noah Gregor – Logan Couture – Kevin Labank

Oscar Lindblum – Nico Sturm – Luke Konin

Matt nettNick Bonino Stephen Lorentz

Mario Ferraro – Eric Carlson

Mark Edward Vlasicthick radium

Matt Benning – Marcos Notivara

James Reimer

Kapo Kahkkonen

The injured: Nikolai Knigov (Achilles tendon)

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