Sharks prospect Scott Pavelski, brother of Sharks center Joe Pavelski, attended Sharks
development camp in July. (Photo courtesy UNH Athletic Media Relations)
There is a bit of a family feel to the San Jose Sharks developmental camp. There are multiple brotherly ties up and down the lineup.
There are the Northeastern twins; Drew and Justin Daniels
, two draft picks from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The brothers hail from Queens, New York and are entering their sophomore seasons.
Then there are the newly united Ferriero brothers. Benn signed as a free agent with San Jose last year and played in 24 games, registering five points. Then San Jose used a fifth round pick on Cody Ferriero
in this year’s draft in Los Angeles. The duo is from Boston, Massachusetts.
Finally, while both are not at the development camp, there is the tie with the Pavelski brothers. Big brother Joe, who is well beyond his years at the development camp, preceds his younger brother Scott, who attended camp this past week. Scott will be entering his sophomore campaign at the University of New Hampshire this year.
For Scott, the adjustment to the east coast was not a problem after growing up in the midwest.
“If feels like home,” said Pavelski of the New Hampshire life. “It’s a small campus, right under 15,000 kids counting graduate students, 12,000 undergrads. I thought it was going to be a big difference, but other than some Boston accents, people are all the same.”
Although the UNH Wildcats are losing a lot talent this year, the prospects look good heading into next year.
“Really good,” said Pavelski. “A lot of guys are looking to fill those roles.”
The younger Pavelski knows the sibling questions are inevitable, but is happy to be associated with Joe.
“I grew up with it, so I’m used to it,” said Pavelski. “I just answer questions and say I’m his younger brother and go on with it.”
Even though both enjoy their time back in Wisconsin, the time together has been limited as both have other obligations.
“So far one week,” said Pavelski of the time together. “Not a lot of golf yet. We’ll have two to three weeks together (in California) and we look forward to that time to hang out.”
More specifically, the two will hit the links with a little fishing tied in.
“Golf and fishing,” said Pavelski. “You can talk while you do that.”
The age difference between the two is four years, but the bond is strong even with the gap.
“He’s always taken me under his wing,” said Pavelski. “Taken good care of me. We never really had any fights. If we did he let me win.”
The younger Pavelski says what you see with Joe is what you get.
“He’s the same with me as he is everybody else,” said Pavelski. “People ask me if the money has changed him and it really hasn’t. He’s always looking to help out any way he can and he’s stayed the same brother I’ve known my whole life.”