Summer has ended which means pucks are ready to drop for the 2017-2018 NHL Season.
The San Jose Sharks fared relatively well in the preseason with a 4-2 record while making some player changes that will hopefully rejuvenate their aging squad. With veteran Marleau leaving the Sharks after an impressive 19 years and signing to a three-year contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs, it will be interesting to see how the team adapts to accommodate new additions.
The biggest change for this new season is not with the Sharks, but with the NHL as a whole, as the Pacific Division gains a new team with the addition of the newly created Vegas Golden Knights. After an expansion draft earlier in the year, which exposed players from every team to make this new team (along with future picks), The Golden Knights came out of the preseason with a 3-3 record and played the first regular season game in franchise history on Friday, October 6th against the Dallas Stars winning 2-1.
Lastly, the NHL played their first ever series of games in China. The Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks played two games in China (one in Shanghai and one in Beijing) with the Kings taking the first game 5-2 and the second game 4-3 in shootouts. This is the NHL's first push into China in anticipation of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Below are some recommended hockey themed books and movies to keep you entertained in between games.
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