When camp opens -- sources indicated that won't happen until this weekend -- don't look for the usual 60 players competing for 23 roster spots. McLellan said he expects about 25 to be on hand, and he likes that most of them are returning from last season.
"One of the good things with our club heading in is we only brought in two new faces," McLellan said, referring to free-agent defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Adam Burish.
Even the less-familiar faces likely to be in camp have had a chance to learn the Sharks' system over the past four months in Worcester.
Neither McLellan nor Wilson would identify which players might be called up. But based on their play and injuries to other prospects, forward James Sheppard and defensemen Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson are most likely headed to San Jose.
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I think he meant the team locker room, gym, etc. During the lock out, Sharks players were renting ice but had to use the same crappy locker rooms the public uses. Once tentative agreement was reached, the Sharks (along with other teams) were granted permission to use the usual team facilities although they are still not permitted to engage with team coaches.