SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - There was a far different mindset surrounding the San Jose Sharks as they prepared to open this season.
After spending the past few years doing their best to forget about the previous season's playoff disappointment, the Sharks enter this season looking to build on a run to the Western Conference final.
Coach Todd McLellan says the team needs to show growth and emphasized it needs to involve well-established veterans, emerging young stars and promising young players alike.
Last season's playoff run was a case of growth for a franchise that has endured so much early postseason disappointment in recent years.
The Sharks open their regular season Friday in Sweden against Columbus.