Training camp completed its first week for the San Jose Sharks Wednesday, Sept. 18. There are a total of 42 videos from it on the team website for those with an insatiable appetite for the upcoming season, but those that lack the time for that should try to squeeze in enough time to look at the highlights.
After all, anyone following the Sharks will have to start fit in at least nine hours a week since the 2013-14 NHL season is underway in two weeks.
Highlights include the two scrimmages over the weekend, preseason game Monday and roster cuts during the day off Tuesday. Unless someone is at every practice, it is impossible to glean much more than those things tell us. A preseason game and scrimmages may not tell the same thing about a team as a regular season or playoff game, but there are things that one can glean from an in-depth examination of statistics if that context is not disregarded.
From there, roster moves tell followers what the San Jose coaching staff saw in practice. This also cannot be taken out of context. For instance, younger players may be sent down sooner to give them more work so their development is not stunted by those in front of them on the depth chart. NHL veterans on the bubble do not need that time and might be kept for a longer look.
Five things comprise the list of important things that can be learned about the 2013-14 NHL season from those highlights.