SJ training campTomorrow, the San Jose Sharks hit the ice for the first official training camp session of the 2013-2014 season. The Young Stars Tournament is over for the rookies and the last captain’s practice was Monday. The 54 players on the current roster for training camp are ready to get started. You can find the full list (as of 9/11/13) here.

Of the 54 players currently attending Sharks camp, there are 32 forward, 17 defensemen, and 5 goalies. The players will be split into two groups that will face-off against each other in scrimmages on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th. Both scrimmages are at 9:50am. Here you can find the break down of Group A and Group B.

According to the newest CBA, all NHL teams can only carry 23 players on their active roster. They will have until their first game to get down to that number and there are no set dates to make cuts. Those players that don’t make the roster for opening night will be assigned first to San Jose’s AHL team, the Worcester Sharks. Players can also be sent to their ECHL affiliate, the San Francisco Bulls, or other teams in the AHL and ECHL.

San Jose has already made a few initial moves to reduce the number of players in camp. They announced that they are returning 2012 draft pick Christophe Lanlancette to Drummondville of the QMJHL and 2013 draft pick Gabryel Boudreau to Baie-Comeau also of the QMJHL. In addition to that move, the Sharks have released Colby Cave, Josh Derko, Justice Dundas, Kenton Miller, John Padulo, Nikolas Brouillard, Sam Grist, Max Iafrate, and Spense Jensen, all of whom were on ATOs for the Young Stars Tournament.

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham

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