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Doug Wilson Speaks To Ticket Holders At 'Ice Insights'

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Prior to Saturday night’s contest with Carolina, Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson met with several hundred season ticket holders at the Ice Insights event.

Wilson proved some brief opening remarks and turned it over to the season ticket holders for their questions. Below is a run down of several items discussed.

On the new rules:
“The toughest adjustment has been for the goalies and the defensemen. Now the defensemen know that they can jump up and hit people.”

On the one-two punch of Marleau and Thornton:
“It used to be us dealing with Forsberg and Sakic or Modano and Neiuwendyk. Now when people come into our building, we want people having to keep up. They are two big guys and we are glad other teams have to worry about us.”

On how he made the trade:
“The organization gave me the ability to get it done. It is very rare a top player like this comes up. When you are not meeting expectations, people try to pick your pocket.”

On future prospects Setoguchi and Carle:
“15 of the top 23 scorers in the league are 26 or under. You have to skate to keep up. Setoguchi is third or fourth in the WHL in scoring. He almost made the team in training camp. It was tough to send him down, but he wasn’t ready.

“Carle has one more year of eligibility and I don’t like to mess with kids in college. He’ll be an outstanding player for us.”

On Nolan Schaefer:
“Nolan came in and seized an opportunity. I’ll put our goalies up against any in the NHL. We had our top two out and because of Nolan, it didn’t hurt us.”

On why Setoguchi went higher than some media predicted:
“We knew we wanted this player. There were eight, nine or ten players and we wanted to get one of the players. We purposely didn’t interview him, the same way we didn’t interview Goc, Michalek or Hannan. It doesn’t make sense to say what you are going to do at the draft.”

On the defense being perceived as young:
“There is a reality in this business. The defense we have is older that the average age of Calgary’s defense that went to the Cup Finals. Ottawa’s defense is the same age. We have players coming too in Matt Carle and Josh Gorges who are very good players. Tom Preissing is stepping up. Scott Hannan struggled early, but he was trying to do too much. If we have a need, it will be filled.”

On Marleau running the point on the power play:
“There are a lot of different ways to run a power play. You’ve got to have a shot and you’ve got to have vision. Patty has both. He was put there out of necessity, but a lot of forwards have done that. Sakic, Fedorov and Alfredson have been used to run the point. We’re now a team people have to be scared to take a penalty against. I think our power play will become one of the top ones in the league.”

On the recent losing streak:
“We lost a lot of games because of details. Hockey is the ultimate read and react game. In the games we lost, we beat ourselves. Our guys never surrendered. In Calgary when we had the bad goal, they came right back and never got down saying ‘here we go again.’”

On Scott Parker’s progress:
“Scotty had a tough injury in practice where the puck broke his nose. He had post concussion syndrome and now he has sinus issues. He’s really close, but the last thing you want to do is put him is a position where he will hurt himself. He told me he’s been taking notes on people taking liberties with our players.”

On the shootout:
“The fans want it and only six to eight percent of games go to a shootout. It will never determine a playoff game.”

On the importance of faceoffs:
“Faceoffs are critical and not just in overtimes. Joe went 19-6 in Toronto against Sundin and Lindros.”
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