Tue, Sept. 26 / 7:30 PM PST
SAP Center at San Jose
The San Jose Sharks continue the 2022 NHL Preseason at home against division rivals Anaheim Ducks.
The Sharks will be without Star Forwards Logan Couture, Timo Meier, and Tomas Hertl. Prospects William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau will also be undressed for the 2nd exhibition game of the Sharks' 2022-23 NHL season.
James Reimer gets the start in the crease against Anaheim, marking the season debut of the Sharks' number one netminder from last season. The Power Play on NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM mentioned that the San Jose Sharks are interested in giving the starting goaltender role to Kaapo Kahkonen, who earned an overtime victory against the Kings this past Sunday. The same sentiment was floating around last season when the Sharks thought Adin Hill could have been the future of the franchise, but 'Optimus Reim' remained in command of the crease in Sharks Territory while raising his stock value and surpassing 400 career games played at the NHL level. Sharks fans hope for the same drive in Reimer this season that earned him a career-best 46 starts in 2021-22.
If James Reimer continues to build off last season's efforts, it will lead to a great goaltender competition in San Jose, though it's more likely that Sharks Head Coach David Quinn will utilize both netminders throughout the season. Still, if the number one goalie spot is up for grabs, which seems to be the case in San Jose, then Kaapo Kahkonen is definitely in the hunt. The question now is will Kahkonen slide into the starting role or will Reimer be playing for keeps?