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Rookie tourney begins
Sharks drop opener 3-1
9/8/05 - by Erik Kuhre

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 big.

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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