Joe Pavelski arrived at San Jose Sharks training camp Tuesday with a lingering memory from last season.
"I don't know if you ever get over it," the San Jose captain said of losing the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. "It still is with you. But you try to learn from it. … It's a new season. You definitely owe it to your teammates to be ready, owe it to the new guys that came in to be as good as you were the previous year and try to get better."
The Sharks reached the Cup Final for the first time in Pavelski's first season as captain, when he had 38 goals and 78 points to finish tied for sixth in the NHL in scoring. The forward also was captain of Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which it left without a win in three games.
"Good experience, it really was," Pavelski told CSN Bay Area. "Results aside, it was a fun group. Those kinds of events are special to play in, especially to represent your country. … At the end of the day you want better results, for sure."
Pavelski was not expected to be on the ice with the Sharks on Tuesday but took part in the morning skate prior to a preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks. Coach Peter DeBoer told CSN he would prefer the players who participated in the World Cup spend time in the weight room instead.
"Tough to keep him away," DeBoer said of Pavelski. "You want him to take some time off here and make sure he's rested, but [he] wants to be around. That's what makes him special."