San Jose Sharks: Big Questions Remain After NHL Slate of Exhibition Games

October 1st, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The next week should be very interesting for the San Jose Sharks.

Aside from the fact that they are set to wrap up a stretch of five games in four different countries and across two continents in less than two weeks, the state of the San Jose Sharks after completion of the NHL docket of preseason games is still very much in question.

The Sharks took part in home-and-home series against the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, and Vancouver Canucks in preparation for their trip to Mannheim, Germany to face Alder of the DEL before travelling to Stockholm, Sweden to open the regular season with a very unconventional home-and-home series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Sharks posted a 2-4 record in their NHL preseason games. But perhaps more alarmingly, they failed to answer many critical questions leading into the regular season.

The biggest questions entering training camp were goal-tending and defense. The Sharks had tried to address each of these, signing Antti Niemi and inviting Adreas Lilja to camp as a tryout. However, results after the first six preseason games have been mixed.

Lilja has been much the veteran presence the Sharks th ...

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