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2011 Training Camp Roster Notes
Additions and subtractions
9/5/11 - By Mike Lee -

A pack of new faces will take the ice when training camp opens this week. LGS takes a look at the sharks veteran and prospect addiditons, as well as major depatures.

88 D Brent Burns 7 The big defenseman brings the Sharks the power play quarterback that they've long coveted. Burns style gives the Sharks more punch in the offensive zone, adding another scoring threat from the blueline along with Dan Boyle. Don't expect to see Burns playing alongside Boyle, but that's exactly what head coach Todd McLellan wants. Opposing teams need to shut down multiple threats, spread out across the lineup. At 6'5", 220lbs., Burns isn't going to get pushed around. He's spent most of August acclimating himself to the Bay Area, which will allow him to spend all of September associating his game with the Sharks system. Burns eclectic personality will make him a fan favorite.
40 RW Ben Guite 5 Guite comes to camp in an attempt to crack the NHL roster after spending last season in the Phoenix Coyotes farm system. The right wing played 79 games for the Avalanche during the 2007-08 season, but was limited to 50 games the following year. He signed a one-year deal with Nashville in 2009, but only played in 6 games before relegation to Milwaukee of the AHL. He re-established his scoring touch in the NHL last season, but will be fighting for a 4th line job in San Jose.
26 C Michal Handzus 13 The Banska Bystrika, Slovakia native joins the Sharks after spending the last four seasons in Los Angeles centering a line for the Kings as they nurtured their young forwards. Handzus will add to the Sharks already imposing team height, but don't look for him to push opposing players around. He was brought in to help control the faceoff circle from the third line. He ranked 16th in the league in faceoffs taken last season, winning 51.7% of his draws. Handzus has averaged 40 points a season, but saw those numbers dip last season. The versatile forward has played in 80 or more games each of the last four seasons.
9 RW Martin Havlat 10 Havlat essentially replaces Dany Heatley, who was shipped to the Wild during the off-season in exchange for the ten-year NHL veteran. The Czech native will have the opportunity to unleash his offensive style with a stronger supporting cast. Havlat led the Wild in scoring last season with 22 goals and 40 assists, on team that has repeatedly ranked at the bottom of the league in scoring. Minnesota averaged 2.48 goals per game last year (26th). The 30-year old winger missed most of the 2007-08 season after suffering a shoulder injury.
28 C Andrew Murray 4 The Sharks will look to Murray to fill the role that Scott Nichol played the last two season, as agitator and checking line pest. The Selkirk, Manitoba product spent the last four seasons in Columbus, but his playing time decreased the last three years. Murray only saw action in 29 games last season and 46 games the season prior, after playing in 67 games for the Blue Jackets in 2008-09.
C James Sheppard 3 The future of the former 9th overall pick of the Minnesota Wild looked bright, making the jump straight from junior to the NHL, but an off-season ATV accident soured his relationship with the team. He fractured his patella in September of 2010 and was suspended by the Wild for violating a "no-ATV riding clause in his contract. He resumed skating in December, but was forced to abort the thought of a return in 2010-11 after the knee began to give him issues. The Sharks rolled the dice and sent a third round pick to Minnesota in exchange for the centerman, with hopes that the 23-year old will match the potential that made him a top-10 pick.
2 D Jim Vendermeer 8 The journeyman defenseman has played in 436 games over 8 seasons, donning the sweaters of five different NHL teams (including two stints with the Philadelphia Flyers). Given the Sharks new found depth on the blueline, Vandermeer will most likely see spot duty as a 7th defenseman or fill-in should the injury bug strike. His role will be to ensure that opposing players don't take liberties with the Sharks star players. He's a stay at home defenseman, who won't wow you offensively.
5 D Colin White 11 San Jose adds a two-time Stanley Cup winner and 11-year NHL veteran to the blueline to supplement the addition of Brent Burns and Jim Vandemeer. White's addition was necessitated by the loss of Niclas Wallin and Kent Huskins. The burly defenseman is 4th all-time in New Jersey Devils history for games played, behind the likes of Ken Danyko, Scott Stevens and Scott Neidermeyer. The 33-year old will need to make the transition from the only professional team that he's ever played for. He is another stay-at-home defenseman, that will be asked to clear out the front of the crease and keep Antti Niemi's sight lines clear.

In addition to the 20 plus returning prospects that will be attending training camp, the Sharks will have the following farmhands in attendance.

62 D Sena Acolatse WHL 15G / 48A for Prince George last year
48 LW Mike Connolly WCHA 55G / 81A in 123 G at University of Minnesota - Duluth
75 C Freddie Hamilton OHL 73G / 93A over last 3 years for Niagra Ice Dogs
63 RW James Livingston OHL 22G / 27A last year for Plymouth Whalers
42 D Matt Pelach AHL 323 PIM last 2 seasons with Abbortsford Heat
56 RW Brodie Reid H-East 11G / 17A last season at Northeastern Univ
58 C Marek Vidensky WHL 36G / 52A last season with Saskatoon Blades

Several faces from last year's roster will be wearing new sweaters this season. Here is a recap of those players that will not be returning this season.

LW Ben Eager Edmonton Wore out his welcome after his antices in the Canucks series.
LW Dany Heatley Minnesota Didn't meet scoring expectations and took too many shifts off
D Kent Huskins St Louis Reliability issues made him exepndable
RW Jamal Mayers Chicago Did what the Sharks asked of him, but his age and price tag made him expendable
C Scott Nichol St Louis Mr Energy provided lots of sparks, but injuries and age finally caught up
RW Devin Setoguchi Minnesota SJ had to give to get. His playoff numbers improved, but inconsistency was the knock
D Niclas Wallin Lulea (SWE) Wanted to finish out his career in his native Sweden.
C Kyle Wellwood TBD Still unsigned, but a return to San Jose is unlikely
D Ian White Detroit Couldn't fit his salary demands into longer term plans once Burns was acquired

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