The Sharks may be out of the playoffs, but they have many in their organization still playing hockey. Three members of team teal jumped over the Atlantic Ocean when the playoffs ended to help their countries in the World Championships in Switzerland.
is playing for Canada, Joe Pavelski
is skating for the United States and Milan Michalek is representing the Czech Republic. In his first two games, Michalek has posted a goal and a +2 rating. Vlasic was even with no points in his first two contests and Pavelski registered an assist in two matches.
The quarterfinal battles are now set and games begin on Wednesday with Russian tackling Belarus and the United States playing Finland. The second set of quarterfinal matchups take place on Thursday and Canada takes on Latvia and Sweden plays Michalek and the Czech Republic.
Sharks fans looking to watch the future Sharks can check out the Worcester club during their second round battle against Providence. The Baby Bruins took the first contest in overtime despite two goals from Jamie McGinn who flew from San Jose the morning of the game.
Game 2 of the series will take place on Wednesday following what amounts to a week off because of building conflicts. Due to the proximity of the two rivals, a rare 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format is in affect.
Young players who have skated in San Jose and are now helping Worcester included McGinn, Riley Armstrong, Derek Joslin, Tom Cavanagh, Thomas Greiss
, Lukas Kaspar, Ryan Vesce, Brad Staubitz and others.
The development of youth hockey players at Sharks Ice in San Jose continues to flourish and two prospects were recently tabbed in the Western Hockey League’s Bantam Draft. They are Chris Buchanan, a defenseman from San Jose who was taken 186th overall by Spokane and Nicholas Anderson, a left winger who was tabbed 202nd by Medicine Hat.
There is a bit of irony in the Spokane Chiefs taking a San Jose player in that the first pick ever by the Sharks was Pat Falloon, who was a Spokane Chiefs product. Now the sunny California city is providing young talent in the other direction.