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Former Foe Michael Handzus
Veteran Center Michael Handzus was brought in from Los Angeles to provide third line center depth as well as join the first line of penalty killing forwards.
While this reporter would like to see at least one more defensive forward/penalty killing specialist signed for the front line, the back line of penalty killers, however, got real deep, real quick, with some very big bodies.
Starting with Brent Burns, who will man the blue line on the PK, Doug Wilson added bruising journeyman defenseman Jim Vandermeer. A couple weeks later he added former New Jersey Devils mainstay Colin White to punish anyone in front of the net.
Throw in Douglas Murray to the mix on the back line and you potentially have nearly 500 pounds of penalty killing force in front of the net on each of the two penalty killing defensive pairings.
That's if McLellan chooses to play a more passive box on the penalty kill. If he wants more speed out there on the PK to add more pressure, he has Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, or even Jason Demers, who is fit to have a breakout season.
All in all, Doug Wilson has built a defensive corps that is eight players deep before training camp even started. The penalty killing team has gotten meaner, grittier, and more powerful while training camp hopefuls like Mike Moore, who recently had three assists in a pre-season game, have a slim shot of making the roster.
Having eight defensemen on a 23-man roster is a stretch, let alone nine. This is the deepest as well as the most top-end talented defensive corps the Sharks has ever had in their history.