As the Sharks skate three times zones away and carry through their six-game road trip, there is good news to report from Silicon Valley.
At Sharks Ice at San Jose, Sharks forwards Joe Pavelski
and Torrey Mitchell
are skating. Both are rehabbing injuries and on the ice each morning in an effort to return to game action. There is no time table set for either’s return, but progress is being made.
“It’s part of the game,” said Pavelski. “You get injured and you get back out there.”
Last season while preparing for his return, Torrey Mitchell
spent a lot of time by himself. Now he has a partner in the process.
“It’s a little better now since I’ve had some company,” said Mitchell. “It is fun just being on the ice. It’s like being a kid in the backyard rink again. The time just goes by.”
Being on the ice is a positive for both players mentally and physically.
“It helps you see you’re going to play,” said Mitchell.
Staff members staying in San Jose often join them on the ice.
“They come out and pass the puck around,” said Mitchell.
“With all the staff around, it makes it easier,” said Pavelski. “If they weren’t here and you had to fend for yourself, it would make it much tougher.”
When it comes time for the games, Mitchell and Pavelski usually watch them together --- either at each other’s homes or the home of a Sharks staff member. But, nothing beats the real deal.
“You wish you were there,” said Mitchell.
“It’s not easy being away from the team,” said Pavelski. “You want to be a part of what is happening and to be contributing. To be here and to watch it on TV, it get’s tough after a while.
With his league-leading 13th assist on Dan Boyle
’s goal in Tampa, Joe Thornton
tied Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson for 74 on the NHL’s all-time assist list. They both, along with David Keon, have 590 career helpers.
San Jose will hook up with Atlanta on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the game will be available on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and SJSHARKS.com.