Sharks season preview: Quinn takes over the team in transition

The 2022–23 NHL season will begin on 7 October. With training camps open, NHL.com is taking a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and projected lineups for each of the 32 teams. Today, the San Jose Sharks.

coach: David Quinn (1st season)

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

3 keys

1.Quinning Time

Quinn has a second chance to coach in the NHL after the 56-year-old was fired by the New York Rangers on May 12, 2021. He guided the United States to fifth place at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and what lies ahead of a team in transition that missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for three consecutive seasons after qualifying 14 of the last 15. the shark added nico sturmo, luke kunin, Oscar Lindblom And Steven Lorentzand defense personnel Matt Benning And Marcus Nutiwara, But San Jose needs top forward prospects William Eklund And Thomas Bordeleau Eventually spurring the offense to finish 30th in the NHL in goals per game over the past three seasons (2.58) and 25th on the power play (17.1 percent). Logan Couture (23 goals) but was the lone forward Timo Meier (35) and thomas hurtley (30) To score at least 20 goals. San Jose averaged 2.57 goals per game last season, third-lowest behind the Arizona Coyotes (2.51) and the Philadelphia Flyers (2.56).

2. The future of the mayor

Meyer has yet to speak with new general manager Mike Grier about a new contract, with the forward saying during the NHL European Players Media Tour on 24 August that the two are getting to know each other through telephone conversations. Meier is entering the final season of a four-year contract and could become a restricted free agent.

3. Who is No. 1?

goalkeeper James Reimer And capo kahkonen Likely to be on the opening-night roster. The question is whether a No. 1 emerges or goes with the Shark timeshare. Reimer, 34, was 19-17-10 with 2.90 goals-against-average, .911 save percent and a shutout in 48 games (46 starts) last season; Kahkonen, 26, was 2-6-1 with a 2.86 GAA and had .916 percent left in 11 games after being acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on March 21. , “But there is something to be said about the Sharks who have scored nine goals in the organization in the last 12-13 months.

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

roster rundown

making cuts

Not so, but when Eklund, who turns 20 on October 12, and Bordeleu, 20, a veteran, will round out the lineup. They will face a plethora of forwards including Jasper WeatherbyThe 24-year-old was selected in the fourth round (No. 108) of the 2018 NHL Draft, and Evgeny SvechnikovA 25-year-old, who signed a one-year contract on 6 September. The number 19 pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Draft has 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 113 NHL games and does not receive a qualifying offer from the Winnipeg Jets.

most interesting addition

Kunin is getting started with Sharks. The 24-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 18, 10 days after being traded to the Nashville Predators. He was the only Predators skater to play 82 games, and his 13 goals placed him sixth in his forward. The number 15 pick by Wilde in the 2016 NHL Draft would play 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 halted due to concerns. went. around coronavirus. The Sharks are in dire need of scoring from depth, and Kunin can provide it if he gets back on track.

biggest possible surprise

Alexander Barabanov Looks like a late bloomer. He signed a two-year contract on May 9 to stay with the Sharks, the 28-year-old’s first full season in the NHL, after racking up 10 goals, 29 assists and 39 points in 70 games in his NHL career. Since Barabanov was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 21, 2021, he is fifth among Sharks skaters in assists (33) and points (46) in 79 games. He is introduced to the top line alongside Meyer and Hertl. If it clicks, Barbanov could be an unlikely source of offense with 20 goals closer or higher.

ready to break

It looks like Eklund has time to show why he was No. 7 in the 2021 NHL Draft and No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of international skaters. He started last season with the Sharks and had four assists in nine games before moving back to Djergardens in the Swedish Hockey League, where he had 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) from 29 games.

Eklund was SHL rookie of the year in 2020-21, when he had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) from 40 games despite an emergency appendectomy and a positive test for COVID-19.

fantasy sleeper

Eklund, LW (Average not ready in spec) – Three of Eklund’s assistants came into the power play before gaining more professional experience in the SHL. He can be a fantasy rookie sleeper if he lands in the top six with a productive center in Hertle and Couture and is on the first power play with elite wing maier and defenseman bounce-back candidate. Eric Carlson And under new coach Quinn. — Pete Jensen

Estimated Lineup

Timo Maier – Tomas Hertl – Alexander Barbanov

Noah Gregory — Logan Clothing — kevin labanks

Oscar Lindblom – Nico Sturm – Luke Kunin

Matt Nieto , nick bonino — Steven Lorentzo

mario ferraro — Eric Carlson

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Matt Benning – Marcus Nutiwara

James Reimer

capo kahkonen

injured: Nikolai Knyazov (Achilles tendon)

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