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Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto is expected to open the season on the Sharks' second line, working at right wing alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Nieto is coming off an up-and-down rookie season in which he compiled 24 points in 66 games, but he was at least able to capitalize on his considerable speed on a few occasions during the campaign to get the Sharks excited about his future. Though Nieto doesn't offer the upside of a top-flight scorer like that of teammate Tomas Hertl, opportunities to pick up points should still become plentiful for the 21-year-old, especially if he ends up sticking on the second line.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl (knee) will enter training camp with his health fully intact, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: After Hertl saw his rookie season cut in half following knee surgery last December, the Sharks were understandably holding their breath when Hertl tweaked the knee in July during the team's prospect camp. However, team doctors determined Hertl's injury was nothing to worry about days later, and now the 20-year-old will look to put in a full season in the pros. Hertl often put on dazzling displays of creativity as a goal-scorer in his rookie campaign, and with the winger ticketed for a top-line role alongside savvy center Joe Thornton, a breakout season could be on the horizon.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres has yet to undergo knee surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Torres is still slated to undergo the procedure at some point in the next couple weeks, and figures to miss at least half of the 2014-15 campaign as a result. The checking-line enforcer battled multiple infections in the knee upon returning from September knee surgery late in 2013-14, limiting him to just five regular-season contests. The 33-year-old's historically shaky track record in the health department will make it difficult to count on him for much reliable production this season.