| Rookie tourney begins
Sharks drop opener 3-1
9/8/05 - by Erik
It's been a long 16 months since the Sharks last hit the
ice and the rookies showed it. The future Sharks opened up the Pacific
Division Shootout with a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes Wednesday night. A capacity
crowd on hand at Logitech Ice which has been set up as a miniature Shark Tank
complete with a recorded fog horn. The future of Team Teal will be fast and
Prospects that showed promise include 2004 1st round draft picks
Lukas Kaspar and Steve Bernier, who was the team's lone goal scorer. Also
showing signs of promise are Shane Joseph and 2005 1st round draft pick Devin
Setoguchi. Most of Team Teal has shown that it has the wheels but needs time
to gel. As evidence by the lack of power play fierceness and missed passes.
Overall they need more time to be NHL ready.
Time will tell if the guppies can hang with the Great Whites in
the NHL if called up from Cleveland or even Fresno.
Promising prospect Milan Michalek was a healthy scratch Wednesday night, but is
expected to play tomorrow.
When asked about his surgically repaired
knee Michalek said, "feels great and I'm ready to go." Michalek anticipates
playing a big role with San Jose this season, as he is expected to replenish
the offensive voids of Vincent Damphousse and Alexander Korolyuk.
The Sharks continue the Pacific Division shootout Thursday night against
Anaheim while Phoenix takes on Los Angeles.
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