The San Jose Sharks Development Camp began this week and more than 30 of the organization’s most promising prospects arrived at Sharks Ice at San Jose for the week-long camp.
Prospects such as 2007 first round draft pick Logan Couture
and 2008 third round draft pick Justin Daniels
will train from sunrise to sunset. Their days consist of 7:00 am meetings followed by on-ice and off-ice workouts. The players break for lunch around noon before beginning a group stretch and workout to conclude their day. Sandwiched in are more classroom-style meeting and off-ice lectures.
With new Head Coach Todd McLellan monitoring from above, the practices are led by the Sharks scouting staff. Former Sharks players Bryan Marchment and Mike Ricci are among the coaches on the ice demanding that drills are performed at an NHL level. Other specialty coaches such as power skating coach Graeme Townshend round out the staff. Most of the participants won’t play in San Jose this season, but these camps, which are done by every NHL team, prepare prospects to play in the League and specifically teach ‘Sharks style’ hockey.
The Sharks Development Camp is closed to the media and the public for a purpose. The hockey department views this camp as a time for players to develop without judgment and this philosophy allows for a greater learning curve by eliminating outside distractions.
One player who will greatly benefit from camp is Boston College defenseman Nick Petrecki
, San Jose’s second first round pick in 2007. Like the other NCAA players in this camp, these five days will be their only chance to work with the Sharks coaching staff. So the Sharks look to maximize this condensed training time for Petrecki and the other college prospects.
Petrecki, as well as the others, will be watched closely by McLellan as he gets his first in-depth look at players in the organization. There’s no doubt that from high above the ice, he’s got the best view of the future of the Sharks.