PRAGUE – The San Jose Sharks’ preseason is over, but the training camp battles aren’t done yet.
Because the Sharks were allowed to carry 27 players to Europe – four more than the regular season norm – we won’t really know the winners of camp battles until the Sharks play again in North America on Oct. 14. They’ll be down to the normal 23-man roster by then.
And while Sharks head coach David Quinn had said that the Oct. 4 exhibition game against Eisbaren Berlin should be a close preview of his line-up for Friday’s season-opener against the Nashville Predators, there’s a rematch on the next day between the two sides.
So who’s to say the San Jose Sharks’ Oct. 7 line-up will be exactly like the Oct. 8 one?
That is to say, as long as you’re one of the 27 men on the Europe trip – or you’re injured veterans Alexander Barabanov or Markus Nutivaara, hopefully recovering quickly in San Jose – you still have a chance to make an impression on this coaching staff and make the 23-man regular season roster.
Here’s how the camp battles are looking…
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