Sharks season preview: Quinn takes over team in transition

The 2022-23 NHL season begins Oct. 7. With coaching camps open, NHL.com is looking on the three keys, the within scoop on roster questions, and the projected lineup for every of the 32 groups. Today, the San Jose Sharks.

Coach: David Quinn (first season)

Last season: 32-37-13, sixth in Pacific Division; didn’t qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

3 KEYS

1. Quinning time

Quinn has a second likelihood to teach 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 on the 2022 Beijing Olympics and what’s forward of him is a team in transition that is missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 3 straight seasons after qualifying 14 of the earlier 15. The Sharks added forwards Nico Sturm, Luke Kunin, Oskar Lindblom and Steven Lorentzand defensemen Matt Benning and Markus Nutivaara. But San Jose wants high ahead prospects William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau to ultimately spark an offense that is thirtieth in the NHL in objectives per sport the previous three seasons (2.58) and tied for twenty fifth on the facility play (17.1 p.c). Logan Couture (23 objectives) was the lone ahead aside from Timo Meier (35) and Thomas Hertl (30) to attain at the very least 20 objectives. San Jose averaged 2.57 objectives per sport final season, third fewest behind the Arizona Coyotes (2.51) and Philadelphia Flyers (2.56).

2. Meier’s future

Meier has but to talk with new common supervisor Mike Grier a couple of new contract, the ahead mentioned through the NHL European Player Media Tour on Aug. 24 that the 2 have been attending to know one another by way of phone conversations. Meier is getting into the ultimate season of a four-year contract and might develop into a restricted free agent.

3. Who’s no. 1?

Goalies James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen are possible on the opening-night roster. The query is that if a No. 1 emerges or the Sharks go along with a timeshare. Reimer, 34, was 19-17-10 with a 2.90 goals-against common, .911 save share and one shutout in 48 video games (46 begins) final season; Kahkonen, 26, was 2-6-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .916 save share in 11 video games (10 begins) after he was acquired in a commerce with the Minnesota Wild on March 21. Quinn mentioned, “We love our goaltending depth ,” however there’s one thing to be mentioned in regards to the Sharks including 9 goalies to the group in the previous 12-13 months.

Video: Timo Meier’s Future with San Jose Sharks

ROSTER RUNDOWN

Making the lower

It’s not if, however when Eklund, who turns 20 on Oct. 12, and Bordeleau, a 20-year-old, will nudge a veteran out of the lineup. They will compete with a plethora of forwards together with Jasper Weatherbya 24-year-old chosen in the fourth spherical (No. 108) of the 2018 NHL Draft, and Evgeny Svechnikov, a 25-year-old who signed a one-year contract Sept. 6. The No. 19 decide by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Draft has 31 factors (12 objectives, 19 assists) in 113 NHL video games and didn’t obtain a qualifying provide from the Winnipeg Jets.

Most intriguing addition

Kunin is beginning over with the Sharks. The 24-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 18, 10 days after he was traded from the Nashville Predators. He was the one Predators skater to play 82 video games, and his 13 objectives ranked sixth amongst their forwards. The No. 15 decide by the Wild in the 2016 NHL Draft will play for his third NHL team however was enjoying his finest hockey (31 factors; 15 objectives, 16 assists in 63 video games) when the 2019-20 season was paused on account of considerations surrounding the coronavirus . The Sharks are in dire want of depth scoring, and Kunin might present it if he will get again on observe.

Biggest potential shock

Alexander Barabanov has the look of a late bloomer. He signed a two-year contract May 9 to stick with the Sharks after setting NHL profession highs of 10 objectives, 29 assists and 39 factors in 70 video games, the 28-year-old’s first full season in the NHL. Since Barabanov was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 21, 2021, he’s fifth amongst Sharks skaters in assists (33) and factors (46) in 79 video games. He’s projected for the highest line with Meier and Hertl. If it clicks, Barabanov may very well be an sudden supply of offense with near or exceeding 20 objectives.

Ready to interrupt by way of

It seems to be Eklund’s time to point out why he was the No. 7 decide in the 2021 NHL Draft and No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s ultimate rating of worldwide skaters. He began final season with the Sharks and had 4 assists in 9 video games earlier than going again to Djurgardens in the Swedish Hockey League, the place he had 14 factors (one aim, 13 assists) in 29 video games.

Eklund was the SHL rookie of the yr in 2020-21, when he had 23 factors (11 objectives, 12 assists) in 40 video games regardless of an emergency appendectomy and a optimistic check for COVID-19.

Fantasy sleeper

Eklund, LW (undrafted on common in fantasy) — Three of Eklund’s assists got here on the facility play earlier than he gained extra skilled expertise in the SHL. He may very well be a fantasy rookie sleeper if he lands in the highest six with a productive heart in both Hertl and Couture and on the primary energy play with elite wing Meier and defenseman bounce-back candidate Erik Karlsson and below new coach Quinn. — Pete Jensen

PROJECTED LINEUP

Timo Meier — Tomas Hertl — Alexander Barabanov

Noah Gregor — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc

Oskar Lindblom — Nico Sturm — Luke Kunin

Matt NietoNick Bonino — Steven Lorentz

Mario Ferraro — Erik Karlsson

Marc-Edouard VlasicRadim Simek

Matt Benning – Markus Nutivaara

James Reimer

Kaapo Kahkonen

Injured: Nikolai Knyzhov (Achilles tendon)

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