The San Jose Sharks Development Camp has been underway since Monday, and for a few of the campers, it was their first chance to visit the city they hope to call home some day.
Many were drafted just last month and first rounder Logan Couture
and third rounder Tyson Sexsmith
are both enjoying their initial stop in San Jose. A few players expected to land right near the beach, but most were o.k. with the surf being only half-an-hour away. Some did notice that the airport renovations are just beginning.
“I was a little shocked to walk outside before entering the airport,” said Sexsmith. “It is nice. You see the water flying in, then it disappears and you seen the mountains.”
With not much time to sight-see, a few of the campers took in dinners downtown and at some other regular spots for visiting players.
“We had a good dinner the other night and checked out Santana Row,” said Sexsmith.
Sexsmith will be looking to build on his 2006-07 season when he backstopped the Vancouver Giants to the Memorial Cup. He now hopes to be next in the line of successfully trained Sharks netminders.
“San Jose has developed a lot of goalies and it gives me something to look towards,” said Sexsmith.
Derek Joslin has been to a few development camps and is looking forward to beginning his first full professional campaign.
Joslin is part of a stable of Sharks prospects with lineage to the Ottawa 67’s. Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson is an alumni, as are Couture, Joslin, Lukas Kaspar, Brad Staubitz and Jamie McGinn.
“It’s nice meeting new people at camps, but it’s nice to see faces you know,” said Joslin. “It’s amazing Doug played for Brian Kilrea.”
Kilrea has been Ottawa’s bench boss for more than 30 years dating back to Wilson’s days in the Ontario Hockey league.
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