The San Jose Sharks have begun perhaps the most intriguing offseason in their 23-year history. Questions surround the veteran leadership of the team after blowing a 3-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings. General Manager Doug Wilson has promised changes, some of which could substantiate at this week's draft.
But let's look ahead to some hockey, shall we?
The NHL released schedules for all 1,230 regular-season games that will take place during the 2014-2015 season. Of the Sharks' 82 games, 10 truly stand out as must-see matchups. These games already contain great rivalries and storylines even more than three months prior to opening night (sorry, the Coyotes' name change from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" doesn't cut it).
Sure, this Sharks' offseason is clouded with the most questions and uncertainty in recent memory. But one thing is certain: San Jose will take the ice October 8 in L.A. That matchup and nine other key contests follow, in chronological order.