San Jose will host their development camp beginning on July 8th as most of the organization’s top prospects will be hand.
The San Jose Sharks and their fans will get an up-close and personal look at some of the organization’s top prospects during the second week of July.
Team teal announced that their annual development camp will be held at Sharks Ice in San Jose from July 8th culminating on July 12th with their prospects scrimmage. The scrimmage will take place at 12:00 on July 12th with seating being on a first come, first serve basis.
This is a big opportunity for many of the organization’s top prospects to come together and work with the coaching staff before breaking for the summer.
Headlining the list of prospects expected to be in attendance are San Jose’s past two first-round picks in forwards Nikolay Goldobin (2014) and Timo Meier (2015).
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Goldobin got a taste of NHL action early on in the year and notched his first career goal to go along with one assist in nine contests with the Sharks. He spent a majority of the year with the San Jose Barracuda and played fairly well, tying for the team-lead with 21 goals and finishing fourth with 44 points in 60 games.
It will be interesting to see whether Goldobin gets an opportunity right away with the Sharks or whether he will need more seasoning in the AHL.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Meier who many peg for a roster spot in San Jose as he already possesses NHL size. Doug Wilson hinted about giving younger players opportunities to make the team next year, and look for Meier to fully be in the conversation after combining for 34 goals, 53 assists and 87 assists in the QMJHL last year before adding 11 goals and 12 assists in 18 playoff contests.
Other prospects expected to attend are Barclay Goodrow, Rourke Chartier, Kevin Labanc and Mantas Armalis. Goodrow is someone that could earn a roster spot next year as well after featuring in 14 games a season ago with three assists, before being an All-Star with the Barracuda after posting 20 goals and 19 assists in 57 games.
Also, I’d expect recent draft picks in Kevin Gambrell and Noah Gregor to be in attendance as well.
Last year’s development camp served as a first look at breakout star Joonas Donskoi along with Chris Tierney who really came into his own at the end of the year. San Jose will hope someone can emerge just as those guys did and make an impact with the Sharks in 2016-17.