Team teal wasted very little time in looking ahead to next season as the Sharks will play three home and three away games during the preseason.
With the Stanley Cup Final defeat still less than a week old, the San Jose Sharks have already turned their attention to the 2016-17 season.
On Thursday afternoon, San Jose released their preseason schedule which will see them play six exhibition games before dropping the puck on the regular season during the second week of October.
Team teal’s preseason will see them take on the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks, both home and away, as their preparations for the 2016-17 season will keep them on the West Coast as the Sharks seek a return to the Stanley Cup finals.
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San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Preseason Schedule
September 27 – Sharks vs. Canucks, SAP Center, 7:30 p.m.
September 30 – Sharks vs. Coyotes, SAP Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 2 -Sharks @ Canucks, Rogers Center, 5:00 p.m.
October 5 – Sharks vs. Ducks, SAP Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 7 – Sharks @ Coyotes, Gila River Arena, 7:00 p.m.
October 9 – Sharks @ Ducks, Honda Center, 5:00 p.m.
It should be an interesting preseason with the World Cup of Hockey going on at the same time. From a team teal perspective, they will be without the services of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi and potentially Roman Polak for at least the first half of the exhibition schedule as they will be representing their respective countries.
Meanwhile, this will be a big preseason for youngsters such as Nikolay Goldobin, Timo Meier and Mirco Mueller who will all be pushing for roster spots on the Sharks. These three will all be in the cross-hairs for Sharks fans everywhere as they look to next wave of difference makers.
Burns Honored For Work Away From Ice
The preseason schedule release wasn’t the only bit of news surrounding team teal as Burns was recognized for his work away from the ice as he was named finalist for ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year award.
Burns was named a finalist along with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty.
The winner of the award will be announced on July 12th in Los Angeles, and Burns is definitely deserving of the honor as he’s been a fixture in helping the San Jose community at large.