The beginning of training camp is particularly chaotic, for players and media.
Having 60-plus players around, there are a lot of people to talk to. And not having seen the players for a whole summer, there’s a lot to talk about.
Three days of San Jose Sharks training camp, and I’ve participated in 18 different player interviews, daily sessions with head coach David Quinn, and a first day of training camp catch-up with GM Mike Grier.
I’m not complaining, I love my job. But what happens is you miss stuff. I can only crank out so many stories in one day.
So far, I’ve gotten to the big stories, captain Logan Couture’s week-to-week lower-body injury, the San Jose Sharks’ reaction to the low expectations for them, Mike Grier’s state of the union, the biggest training camp battles, and pending UFA Alexander Barabanov’s desire to stay in San Jose.
I’ve also touched on key side stories like a happy Mikael Granlund and Leon Gawanke’s big shot.
But on the eve of the San Jose Sharks’ pre-season opener on Sept. 24 and the first wave of roster cuts, I wanted to catch up on the rest of camp. There are a lot of great stories besides the obvious!
Here are updates about 12 players, from top prospect to Sharks star to camp invite, Thomas Bordeleau, Mario Ferraro, Felix Gagnon, Tomas Hertl, Luke Kunin, Kevin Labanc, Eetu Makiniemi, Jacob Peterson, Georgi Romanov, Jan Rutta, Nico Sturm, and Ozzy Wiesblatt.
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