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2011 Young Stars: San Jose

Thursday, 08.09.2011 / 5:49 PM / Team
By Derek Jory

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

The San Jose Sharks were one of only two teams to finish with a 2-1 record at the inaugural Young Stars Tournament in 2010; the Sharks took a bite out of the Ducks 4-1 in their opening game, fell 5-3 to the Canucks on Day 2, then snuck past the Oilers 4-3 to close out a successful showing.

Last year San Jose was fourth in goals scored (11) and second in goals against (9) with 126 penalty minutes, 12 more than the second place Canucks and 61 ahead of the Flames and their reserved 65 minutes in the sin bin.

Individually, four Sharks shone in the spotlight led by forward Michael Sgarbossa who was second in tournament scoring with three goals and an assist in just two games. Benn Ferriero finished a point back collecting a Young Stars-high three helpers; the penalty minute title went to Kevin Henderson at 22 and between the pipes J.P. Anderson was undefeated in two starts.

If San Jose was icing the same team in 2011 as 2010, they’d be favourites to return to the top of the standings, but only eight of 24 skaters are returning from last season (6 forwards and two defencemen) so it’s tough to predict how this group will perform.

Luckily Sgarbossa is back, as are rocksteady defencemen Taylor Doherty and goaltender Anderson. That triple-threat ensures the Sharks will be predators instead of pray more often than not.

You want to be in Penticton to check out the Sharks, but: A – you don't want to lose the parking spot in front of your house, B – your psychic warned you about going out, C – the XFL is holding open tryouts or D – you're locked into a Three's Company marathon on Deja View; well don’t sweat it. Again. Like last year, Canucks.com has your back.

All eight games of the Young Stars Tournament will be available live on Canucks.com beginning September 11th. Full details on the Young Stars Tournament can be found at canucks.com/youngstars.

Michael Sgarbossa

F - Signed as free agent in 2010 – The 5-foot-11, 170-pound left winger from Campbellville, Ontario, was as dominant as ever in the OHL last season with 82 points (36-46-82), 30 more than a season prior. In his three year OHL career between the Barrie Colts, Saginaw Spirit and Sudbury Wolves, Sgarbossa has 177 points in 197 games; he’s not quite a point a game player, but he will be in Penticton. He’ll be near the top of the points leaderboard, if not on top, when the dust settles.

Marek Viedensky

F - Drafted 7th round, 189th overall, in 2009 – Hard work pays off and Viedensky’s game has blossomed because he’s kept his nose to the grindstone. The Slovakian made his debut in the WHL three seasons ago with 40 points (16-24-40) and increased that to 59 (20-39-59) in Year 2, then, boom shack-a-lak, he finished the 2010-11 campaign 10th in Western Hockey League scoring with 88 points (36-52-88), the most points of any Sharks prospect coming to Penticton. Defences beware.

J.P. Anderson

G - Signed as free agent in 2010 – You don’t go 2-0 with only four goals against at the 2010 Young Stars Tournament then 38-10-1 with six shutouts and a 2.36 GAA for the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL if you lack mad skillz. Anderson, the only goaltender to win every start in Penticton last season, will again make scoring next to impossible this year. Put everything on net and have bodies in front and it might help, although Anderson’s 46 saves was the second highest of the 2010 tournament, meaning he’ll steal a game or two for the Sharks.

Lucia

Tony Lucia

F - Drafted 6th round, 193rd overall, in 2005 – It’s tough to call Lucia a true sleeper because he’s the oldest player competing at Young Stars, so odds are good you’ve seen him before. As part of San Jose’s system since 2005, Lucia played for his hometown University of Minnesota for four seasons and he’s now battling for a spot with the Worchester Sharks. He’s a man of intangibles doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Combine that with his veteran status and he’s sure to turn some heads.


Author: Derek Jory | Canucks.com

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01